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Cup, bead, buttons, coins, pins

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from well at Inschadney, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire

Postcard of Cup, bead, buttons, coins, pins.
000-190-004-212-C
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Cup, bead, buttons, coins, pins

These three metal buttons, three copper coins, five wire-headed pins, glass bead and crude stone cup are all from the well on Inschadney in Loch Tay, near Kenmore in Perthshire, a former village deserted around 1800.

One of the coins is a George III farthing, dated 1806, the other two are difficult to identify but are probably 'turner' of between around 1632 and 1638.

Those who visited wells left votive gifts, often small coins, pins or nails. At some wells rags were left, which represented the person's illness or troubles. These wells were and are known as 'clootie' wells.


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Online ID: 000-190-004-212-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NO 66
Date: 17th and 18th century
Material: Copper
Glass
Metal
Stone
Wire-headed
Dimensions: 18 mm Dia
20 mm Dia
20 mm Dia approx
35 mm L
60 mm H x 180 mm x 160 mm
What: Bead
Button
Coin
Cup
Pin
Subject: Jewellery: charms, amulets (NMAS Classification)
Jewellery: charms, amulets (NMAS Classification)
Jewellery: charms, amulets (NMAS Classification)
Jewellery: charms, amulets (NMAS Classification)
Jewellery: charms, amulets (NMAS Classification)
Who:
Where: Scotland, Perthshire, Kenmore, Inschadney, Holy Well
Scotland, Perthshire, Kenmore, Inschadney, Holy Well
Scotland, Perthshire, Kenmore, Inschadney, Holy Well
Scotland, Perthshire, Kenmore, Inschadney, Holy Well
Scotland, Perthshire, Kenmore, Inschadney, Holy Well
Event:
Description: Rude stone cup from the Holy Well, Inschadney, Kenmore, Perthshire
Three small copper coins, one a farthing of George III, dated 1806, the others unidentifiable, from the Holy Well, Inschadney, Kenmore, Perthshire
Three metal buttons from the Holy Well, Inschadney, Kenmore, Perthshire
Flattened spheroidal opalescent glass bead from the Holy Well, Inschadney, Kenmore, Perthshire
Six small wire-headed pins, one missing, from the Holy Well, Inschadney, Kenmore, Perthshire
References:
  • Gillies, W. A., 'Notes on Old Wells and a Stone Circle at Kenmore' in Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 59 (1924-5), pp 75-8 
  • Stevenson, R. B. K., 'Holy wells and coins' in Transactions of the Dumfries and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society 63 (1988), p 92 
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