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Postcard of Bellarmine.
© National Museums Scotland


This salt-glazed stoneware example was possibly made by Anthony Hilcote at Westbank Pottery at Portobello in Midlothian. It dates from the late 18th century.

Stoneware, a highly-fired durable ceramic, was well-suited to holding valuable liquor.

A bellarmine is a type of jug or tankard for ale or spirits bearing a bearded mask. It is named after Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621), an Italian Jesuit theologian and cardinal whom the jugs were intended to caricature. Bellarmine, an important influence in the Counter-Reformation, was canonised.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-370-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1992.216
Date: Late 18th century
Late 20th century
Material: Cast white metal
Dimensions: 68 mm D
What: Medal, commemorative
Subject: Medals (NMAS Classification)
Who: Ian Grant, Edinburgh (Maker)
Jacopo Primavera (Maker of original of obverse)
Mary Queen of Scots
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: White metal medal of Mary Queen of Scots, the obverse copied from a 16th century medal by Jacopo Primavera: by Ian Grant of Edinburgh, late 20th century
  • Medallic Illustrations I, p 118, no 52 
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