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From Threave Castle, Kirkcudbrightshire

Postcard of Plate.
© National Museums Scotland


This wooden plate is from Threave Castle in Kirkcudbrightshire. It dates from the 14th or 15th century

The plate bears the Douglas motif - the heart - burnt into the base. The heart is featured on the family's coat of arms, upon their seals, and upon their Standard.

Threave Castle was built in the late 14th century on a small island in the River Dee. It was a stronghold of the Black Douglases, one of Scotland's most powerful medieval families.

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Online ID: 000-100-083-517-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.HXA 173
Date: 14th or 15th century
Material: Wood
Dimensions: 240 mm D
What: Plate, wooden
Who: Douglas (Owner)
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Threave Castle
Description: Wooden plate with the Douglas motif, from Threave Castle, Kirkcudbrightshire
  • Good, G.L. & Tabraham, C.J. 'Excavations at Threave Castle, Galloway, 1974-78' Medieval Archaeology Vol 25 (1981) pp 90-140 
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