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Burns Herald

Introduction:
This oval silver-gilt medallion commemorates the Burns Centenary of 1859. The coat of arms was designed by Burns himself. Burns' herald shows a tree with crossed shepherd's crook and stock-and-horn as well as the motto, 'Better a wee bush than nae bield'.
Image Rights Holder:
National Burns Collection
Ref:
burns5
Project:
964:0
Material:
Silver gilt
What:
Herald
Who:
When:
Where:
Irvine Burns Club, North Ayrshire
Description:
A stock-and-horn is an early type of pipe or chanter which was blown with a reed held in the mouth. It was made from a hollowed-out sheep's leg, which was then drilled to create finger holes.