Beggar's badge

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from Edinburgh

Postcard of Beggar's badge.
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Beggar's badge

This beggar's badge is from Edinburgh. It is made of brass and dates from the early 19th century.

The front of the circular badge has a crown and below this 'Edinr. 331'. On one side of the crown is the letter 'W'', on the other an 'R' (for Willelmus Rex). The badge bears the name of the holder, James Robertson'. There are four perforations.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-340-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KJA 43
Date: Early 19th century
Material: Inscription: 33 / W R crown / JAMES ROBERTSON
Dimensions: 74 mm Dia
What: Badge, beggar's
Subject: Badges and insignia (NMAS Classification)
Who: James Robertson
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Beggar's badge of brass, worn by James Robertson, Edinburgh, early 19th century
  • Brook, A.J.S. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland 21 (1886-7), pp 169-179 
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