Top 100 objects
Browse key artefacts from our properties across the country.
Displaying 1-20 of 99
Pig iron ingot
An iron ‘pig’ or ingot made at Invergarry Furnace.
Object number BON019
Incised boulder stone - 'St Columba's Pillow'
Popularly known as ‘St Columba’s Pillow’, this stone was so famous in the early 1900s that it was put in a metal cage for safe-keeping.
Object number IONA060
Cross - MacMillan's Cross
Alexander MacMillan worked for Alexander MacDonald, Lord of the Isles, as the keeper of Castle Sween.
Object number KLM038
Long before there were en-suite bathrooms, there were urinals like this one.
Object number MEL440
A pirlie pig is a medieval version of today’s piggy bank.
Object number MEL469
Monks at Arbroath Abbey likely used this rare ink pot dating from the 1400s.
Object number ARB066
At the centre of this floor tile from Linlithgow Palace are the letters “IM”, joined by a love knot.
Object number LLP158
Iron eel spear
Fish was a regular dish in medieval Scotland and this five-pronged eel spear or leister was one way to catch dinner.
Object number LLP184
This India pattern flintlock musket with a 39-inch barrel can be seen on display at Fort George.
Object number HBM3709
Inchmahome Priory would once have been bathed in a soft glow by lamps such as this one.
Object number INCM015
Bone gaming counter
This bone object is thought to be a playing piece from a Viking board game called Hnefatafl.
Object number DIRL018
Portrait of Admiral Duncan 1st Viscount Duncan of Camperdown
Admiral Duncan (1731–1804) led the British fleet to victory against the Dutch at Camperdown in 1797.
Object number TRH038
Portrait of Peter Wood
Peter Wood (1749–1826) was a central figure in the whaling industry.
Object number TRH045
This massive stone is a Pictish grave cover.
Object number MEIG011
Portrait of James VI
This early portrait of James VI was likely painted at the time the Scottish court and Denmark began to negotiate an alliance by marriage.
Object number EDIN038
Tropical tamarind seeds were used with this mahogany ballot box to cast votes at Trinity House.
Object number TRH062
Made from a whale’s tooth, this penguin is an example of scrimshaw.
Object number TRH100
Sailors could tell the latitude of their ship at sea using a backstaff – also known as a Davis quadrant.
Object number TRH326
Lighthouse model - Bell rock
Bell Rock Lighthouse in miniature.
Object number TRH335