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Clunie Castle

Penannular Brooch(S)

Site Name Clunie Castle

Classification Penannular Brooch(S)

Alternative Name(s) Perth; Cluny Castle

Canmore ID 28995

Site Number NO14SW 69

NGR NO 110 440

NGR Description NO c. 110 440

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Clunie
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NO14SW 69 c. 110 440.

Two silver, Pictish pennanular brooches, now in Royal Museum of Scotland (RMS, FC 176 and FC 177 respectively) published before 1985 as from 'Perthshire' or 'near Perth', are originally 'said to have been found near Cluny Castle' (NO14SW 4) between Blairgowrie and Dunkeld (in the Minutes of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 9 December 1872).

Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1875; 1906; J Anderson 1880; D M Wilson 1973; R B K Stevenson 1985

Activities

Publication Account (1989)

National Museum of Scotland (NMS) FC 177. Penannular brooch, of silver with gold filigree and glass. Hoop of diameter 8.2cm, pin length 13.9cm, weight 111.3gm. Silver-gilt penannular brooch with expanded rounded terminals, the front decorated with animals, serpents, scrolls, beading and interlace.

NMS FC 176. Cast silver penannular brooch with zoomorphic and interlace decoration (including serpents) produced by casting. Hoop diameter 11.6cm, pin length 21.6cm, weight 186.9gm.

Both these brooches have been identified as Pictish work of the 8th or 9th centuries AD. The circumstances of their discovery remain unclear.

S Youngs 1989.

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