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Chamfron, Drinking Horn(S)

Site Name Torrs

Classification Chamfron, Drinking Horn(S)

Alternative Name(s) Torrs Chamfrein

Canmore ID 64630

Site Number NX76SE 19

NGR NX 780 618

NGR Description NX c. 780 618

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Kelton
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Stewartry
  • Former County Kirkcudbrightshire

Archaeology Notes

NX76SE 19 c. 780 618.

(Approx NX 780 618). The object of Early Iron Age metalwork hitherto known as the Torrs Chamfrein was found before 1829 in a morass (presumably a peat-bog and probably a drained loch) on the farm of Torrs in the parish of Kelton - presumably in the area of marshy ground marked on the OS maps as Torrs Loch.

In its present form it is a modern fabrication from hitherto separate objects made in the same workshop in the second half of the third century BC. The cap part was probably worn on the head of a pony; the horns were probably terminals to drinking horns. It is now in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS).

R J C Atkinson and S Piggott 1955

No further information was encountered regarding the exact find-spot of this Chamfrein; but it is believed locally to have been found somewhere within the area of Torrs Loch (Mr J Smith, Nether Torrs).

Visited by OS (WDJ) 21 February 1963.


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