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found at Dalkeith, Midlothian

Postcard of Candleholder.
© National Museums Scotland


This stone candleholder was found built into the wall of an old house at Dalkeith in Midlothian. It dates from the 17th century.

The candleholder is in the form of a Roman altar. It has a hole in each corner and a larger circular depression in the centre.

It is thought the candle was introduced to Britain by the Romans. From then until the second quarter of the 19th century, it remained the most widely used form of artificial light.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-263-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MGI 3
Date: 17th century
Material: Stone
Dimensions: 9.75" H; top 7.80" square
Subject: Candleholders (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Dalkeith
Scotland, Midlothian, Dalkeith
Description: Stone candleholder in the form of a Roman altar, from Dalkeith, 17th century
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