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Abernethy Round Tower

Dirk (Bronze)

Site Name Abernethy Round Tower

Classification Dirk (Bronze)

Canmore ID 15674

Site Number NJ01NW 3

NGR NJ

NGR Description Unlocated

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Abernethy And Kincardine
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Badenoch And Strathspey
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NJ01NW 3 unlocated

A bronze dirk from Abernethy is in Kingussie Museum.

J M Coles 1966.

The discovery of this dirk may be linked with that of two socketed axes (NH91NE 4). The following unpublished sources refer:

(1). John Coles card index: dirk - midrib; drawing and details ent by George Davidson 12.9.1966 - found together Kincardine on Spey with 2 socketed axes? 6.5 miles SW Nethybridge, on Spey.

(2). National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS) green card: small bronze dagger or reduced rapier, L [not given]; a midrib diverges 2" from the butt to follow the outline of the blade; traces of three out of four rivet holes remain. Found in 1875 under a granite boulder in Kincardine-Abernethy, Inverness-shire in a spot where Col John Rory Stewart was reputed to have hidden his arms and flag. Acquired by Am Fasgadh, 1951.

(3) Highland Folk Museum, Kingussie: details received recently from HFM are slightly different: Found c1873 by Mr Smith, Grantown, under a granite boulder in Kincardine, Abernethy. There was a local tradition that Colonel John Roy Stewart hid arms and flags there and the finder stated that there were remains of silk cords attached to the loop of the axe-head and believed that it was a relic attached to Colonel Stewart's flagstaff. Donated by the Executors of the late Miss Peace, Grantown-on-spey. Kingussie acc no: KIGHF: DG 1 (N 4).

Information from Mr T Cowie (NMS) 27 November 1994.

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