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- Monymusk Reliquary

Monymusk Reliquary

This is a small 8th century wooden box shaped like an oratory and covered in bronze and silver plates. It is decorated with semi-precious stones and enamel.

It was believed to contain a bone relic of St Columba.

King William the Lion entrusted it to the abbot of Arbroath in 1211 and it was kept at the Monymusk Priory, Aberdeenshire for many years.

The Reliquary was to be kept available to bless the royal army before battle - and was used to good effect in this way before the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

In recent years it has been kept in the National Museum of Antiquities in Edinburgh but it is now on display at the Museum of Scotland

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