Pilgrims badge

This badge identified the wearer as a genuine pilgrim, rather than a beggar.  The principal site of pilgrimage in this area was Whithorn.  The badge shows three men with staffs and domed caps, each appears to be bare-footed.  The figure on the left appears to be carrying a key, and above is a star.  The letter 'N' at the end possibly signifies St Ninian.   St Ninian was the first Christian missionary to northern Britain.  He was born sometime before AD 400. Ninian built a stone church at Whithorn called 'Candida Casa' ('Shining White House'), and founded a religious community there.  After his death in AD 432, his shrine at Candida Casa became a place of pilgrimage.  Over the centuries Edward II of England and Robert the Bruce visited, as did Bruce's son David II, and later James III, James IV and James V of Scotland.
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height 45mm, width 35mm
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metal, pewter
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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