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Brooch (electrotype), known as Ugadale or Lossit Brooch

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made in West Highlands

Postcard of Brooch (electrotype), known as Ugadale or Lossit Brooch.
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Brooch (electrotype), known as Ugadale or Lossit Brooch

This is a replica of a silver-gilt brooch known as the 'Ugadale, or Lossit Brooch'. The brooch was made in the West Highlands in the early 16th century.

The brooch has an outer band decorated with strap-work. Within it, eight turrets set with coral and pearls alternate with small round bosses. The oval crystal in the middle is set on the lid of a capsule which opens to reveal a relic container.

According to tradition, the brooch was given to the MacKays by Robert Bruce after he stayed at Ugadale. In its present form, however, the brooch is considerably later than Bruce's time.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-513-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NGD 11
Date: Original: Early 16th century
Dimensions: 250 mm D
What: Brooch / electrotype
Subject: Facsimiles of jewellery (NMAS Classification)
Where: Lossit
Scotland, Argyll and Bute, Ugadale
Description: Electrotype of the Ugadale or Lossit brooch, 16th century
  • Caldwell, D. H. (ed). Angels, Nobles and Unicorns: Art and Patronage in Medieval Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1982 
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