Medieval bronze brooch from a collection of around 200 bronze objects found by amateur archaeologist George Holleyman at Balevullin in 1941-43, when he served at RAF Tiree during WWII. Identified by Dr Colleen Batey, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Glasgow University and David Caldwell, retired Keeper of Medieval Department at the National Museum of Scotland during a visit to An Iodhlann on 29th April 2016.

Tiree in 100 Objects – 10 – Viking Brooch

The History of Tiree in 100 Objects



Object Details

Other Number: not specified
Normal Location: Main Store North: freestanding
Current Location: normal location

2 thoughts on “2000.91.15

  1. Vilborg Davíðsdóttir

    It seems to me that this text should be for a different object, as this brooch would be called ringed-pin – not an oval tortoise brooch at all. Probably just a mix up between a brooch found in in 1941-43 and another one found in 1872. Seems this one is carved with runes – do you know what they say and if the runes can decide the dating of the object?

    1. Janet Bowler Post author

      Thank you for your observations Vilborg. We do not know what the runes mean, but would be interested to find out. Some of the text does indeed refer to another brooch: 1999.7.2


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