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from Lordscairnie, Crieff, Perthshire

Postcard of Missile.
© National Museums Scotland


This stone ball was found at Lordscairnie at Crieff in Perthshire. It was used as a missile probably in the 15th or 16th century.

The missile has one heat-blackened patch on it.

Carved stone balls without any decoration are difficult to date or to be certain of their function. Those which are very regular spheres around 60 mm in diameter, sometimes with fine pecking marks all over or with evidence of heating, are most likely to have been missiles. They were used in anti-personnel artillery guns called 'cut-throats' or 'bersis' mainly in the 15th and 16th century AD.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-702-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.AS 113
Date: Probably 15th or 16th century
Material: Whinstone
Dimensions: 2.75" Dia
What: Ball
Where: Scotland, Perthshire, Crieff, Lordscairnie
Description: Ball of whinstone from Lordscairnie, Crieff, Perthshire
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