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from Fairy Dean, near Melrose, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Charmstones.
© National Museums Scotland


These natural concretions called 'fairy stones' were used as charms. They are from Fairy Dean, near Melrose in Roxburghshire.

Curiously shaped but naturally occurring stones were collected and used as 'counter-charms' against supernatural and malign influences.

The stones were given to the Museum by Dr John Alexander Smith in 1857.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-766-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NO 13
Date: Possibly 17th - 18th century
Possibly 17th or 18th century
Material: Stone
What: Charmstone
Subject: Jewellery: charms, amulets (NMAS Classification)
Who: Dr John Alexander
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Fairy Dean
Description: Collection of natural concretions called "fairy stones" from Fairy Dean, near Melrose, Roxburghshire, possibly 17th or 18th century
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