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Robbie Burns Day

The Scottish button from Aurora, ON.

The Scottish button from Aurora, ON.

In honour of Robbie Burns Day, we’d like to share with you a Scottish artifact that we found recently on a site in Aurora, ON. This metal button (measuring 2 cm in diamater) is embossed with the words “COMUN NAN GAEL” on the front, which translates as “Land of the Gaels” in the Gaidhlig language of the Scottish Highlands.

We also recovered a pipe fragment from the same site impressed with the name “JACKSON” which probably relates to a Glasgow smoking pipe manufacturer, A. Coughill, who operated between 1826 and 1899. The presence of both the button and pipe suggests that one of the tenants of this early-nineteenth-century homestead was proud of their Scottish ancestry.

Now, armed with that knowledge, go forth and eat some haggis!

References

Kenyon, Thomas, 1984. Clay Tobacco Pipes with Marked Stems. KEWA, Newsletter of London Chapter, Ontario Archaeological Society, 84-8.