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Monymusk Reliquary

Scottish historical objects

This is a picture of the Monymusk Reliquary. The Monymusk Reliquary dates from around 750 AD and probably contained a relic of St Columba who was an important historical figure for the Scots. It became a powerful symbol of nationhood, and was carried before the Scots army as it marched into battle. This reliquary is thought to be the Brechbennoch which was carried by the Scots at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
This photograph of the reliquary was taken at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh

monymusk reliquary photograph picture