The Brooch of Lorn comes to Bute

AN INVITATION has been issued to the community of Bute to turn back the hands of time and delve into the rich – and often bloody – history of Scotland when clans fought for the right to the throne.

Rothesay Library will be hosting a display on The Brooch of Lorn.

The Brooch of Lorn is one of the great medieval jewels of Scotland, with a charmstone in its centre which was believed to have magic powers.

As Robert the Bruce fled during battle against the MacDougalls of Dunollie in 1306, he left behind his cloak. Pinned to this was the brooch. It’s been a great prize for the MacDougalls ever since and is still held by the Clan Chief.

Originally it would have been a simpler jewel but around the same time as Shakespeare it was transformed into a fabulous silver and pearl brooch. Rare and beautiful, it was chosen to be part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad exhibition on Shakespeare’s world at the British Museum in London.

In celebration of the Hope MacDougall Collection’s part in the Olympic year, a display has been created telling the story of the brooch. At its centre is an exact silver, crystal and pearl replica of the famous Brooch of Lorn.

The Brooch of Lorn will be on display at Rothesay Library on Monday, September 24. To book a place, contact Rothesay library on (01700) 503266.