Society of Antiquaries of London Catalogue of Drawings and Museum Objects

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LDSAL 80

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Object number LDSAL 80
Description Circular bronze shield with a central boss, surrounded by twenty-nine concentric rows of small studs separated by intervening ribs. Behind the boss is a handle attached by rivets.
Comments The shield was found 1.8 - 2.1m (6-7 feet) below the surface in peat moss at Luggtonrigge Farm, near Giffin Castle, Beith, North Ayrshire, circa 1780. Five or six similar shields, which had been ranged regularly in a ring, were also found. Sir Samuel Meyrick designated it as 'the tarian'. It is very similiar to 'the tarian' in the Goodrich Court Armoury found near Aberystwith. A comparable shield, which was found near Capel Cerrig, Denbighshire, was exhibited to the Society on 9th December 1784 by Samuel More, Secretary of the Society of Arts.
Material Bronze
Measurements Diameter (mm) : 120 (of boss)
Diameter (mm) : 680 (of shield)
Association Associated person: Storie, Mr
Association type: Previous Owner
Date: 18th century : Late
Note: The shield was secured by Mr Storie of Paisley, owner of the estate where it was found. He gave it to Dr Ferris.
Association Associated person: Ferris
Association type: Donation
Date: 1791
18th century
Note: Presented to the Society of Antiquaries on 17th November 1791.
Association Association type: SAL Meeting (Ordinary Meeting)
Note: 17 November 1791
Bibliography Coles, J.M., Leach, P., Minnitt, S.C., Tabor, R. & Wilson, A.S., 1999, A Later Bronze Age shield from South Cadbury, Somerset, England, Antiquity, Vol. 73, No. 279, 33-48. John Evans, The Ancient Bronze Implements, Weapons, and Ornaments of Great Britain and Ireland (London: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1881), pp. 347-9. Illustrations (Engravings), pp. 347-9 Society of Antiquaries, Minutes, XXIV, 147.
Related object (SAL) Primeval Antiquities 17.3 The Witham Shield : Similar/Related Subject
Primeval Antiquities 83.3 The Witham Shield : Similar/Related Subject
Primeval Antiquities 82.1 Bronze Age shield from Capel Curig, Conwy, Wales : Similar/Related Subject
Subject Armour
Bronze
Bucklers
Metal
Shields (Armour)
People/Corporate Bodies Ferris
Storie, Mr
Place Ayrshire
Beith
Europe
Giffen
Giffen Castle
North Ayrshire
Scotland
United Kingdom
Date Bronze Age : Late
Prehistoric
Collection Museum Collection
Category Armour and Weapons
Metalwork
Museum Object