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The Medieval Period (1100AD - 1499AD)

Life In The Middle Ages

Dog leash, Palnure

Period:
Medieval
Description:

Part of a medieval dog leash, probably used with hunting dogs.  It consists of an oval decorated ring with an attached swivel ring decorated with animal heads.  There are two leash plates on the ring.

 

During the Middle Ages hunting with dogs was a sport for the rich and wealthy.  This leash fragment dates from around 1150 and might have been used by someone living in the timber castle at nearby Monnigaff.

Place of Discovery:
Palnure, Minnigaff
Materials/Media:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Length of mount and ring: 68mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 2012.9
Digital Number:
SMAH 094
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council
References:
Campbell, S. 2011 - A Medieval hunting leash from Palnure. Trans DGNHAS LXXXV, p164-67.