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From Inveraray Castle, Argyllshire

Postcard of Back-plate.
© National Museums Scotland


This back-plate is part of a pikeman's armour. It comes from the armoury at Inveraray Castle in Argyll. The back-plate is made of iron and dates from the 17th century.

The back-plate has two large scalloped strap ends at the shoulder for attaching to a breast-plate.

Pikemen still wore armour like this in the civil wars of the mid-17th century. It was kept by the nobility for arming their retainers, and also by burgesses who had to take their turn at 'watching and warding'.

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Online ID: 000-100-079-364-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.LN 64 B
Date: 17th century
Dimensions: 335 mm L x 360 mm max W x 160 mm max D
What: Plate, back, pikeman's
Where: Scotland, Argyll, Inveraray Castle (Armoury)
Description: Pikeman's back-plate with turned edges, single incised line decoration and two large scalloped strap ends at the shoulder, from the Armoury at Inveraray Castle, Argyll
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