Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Wednesday 11 October 2023

A coin hoard from Glencoe

Both the BBC News website and the Daily Telegraph have had articles about the discovery of a small coin hoard on a site linked to the Glencoe Massacre of 1692. The coins were concealed under a hearth in what appears to have been a summer residence or hunting shelter of the MacDonalds

The coins were a diverse group of thirty six coins of Scottish, English, French, Spanish Netherlandish and Papal origin minted during the preceding century. That suggests several sets of possibilities - including a Scottish economy that accommodated different currencies and also, significantly, that Highland society appears to have had trading or commercial links to the wider European world.

There are links in the BBC article to other reports from 2016 and 2019 about archaeological work and discoveries at Glencoe. They can all be accessed at Coin hoard could be linked to 1692's Glencoe Massacre

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