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small bosses between the convexities of the semicircles of the arcade. The scroll-work has much in common with that of the scrolls on the sculptured monuments of Northumbria.
Portions of five or six bosses of thinnish bronze, about 2 inches in diameter. These appear to have been fixed on something, as they have small pin-holes about 1 inches apart, round their outer margins. They are all plain and much broken, and seem to have had but a slight convexity in most cases, one only showing a height in the centre of about half an inch.
Stone Mould found also in Dumfriesshire, 3 inches in length by 23
inches in breadth at the widest part, narrowing considerably towards one end, the thickness being about half an inch throughout. On one face are four dowels to fit the wanting half of the mould. On this face also are three moulding cavities, each having a separate pouring channel continued to the outside edge of the stone. One is intended to cast a kind of trefoil-shaped pendant 13 inches in length and 14 inches in breadth, with a square projection at the top half an inch in width and projecting about a quarter of an inch, having in its centre a square hole nearly a quarter of an inch wide. In each lobe of the trefoil-shaped part is a boss having a small boss on its summit surrounded by four small bosses at equal distances. In the centre between the three lobes of the trefoil is a small boss surrounded by six smaller bosses, and the
outlines of the trefoil shape are margined by closely set bosses of the smaller size. A boss of the same size as the one in the centre is placed at the lower point of the trefoil shape.
The second moulding cavity is for a pendant of the shape of a heart, measuring about 1 inches in height and the same in greatest width, having a semicircular projection at the top pierced with an aperture for suspension. The heart shape is outlined by a finely beaded line and rises to a slight convexity in the centre. The marginal portion round the heart shape is outlined in semicircular projections, each containing a small ring with a tiny boss as a centre. The interior of the heart shape is filled with similar rings and tiny central bosses.
The third moulding cavity is for a small boss five-eighths of an inch in diameter, the convex surface of which is studded with extremely tiny bosses or projections.
The reverse face of the mould has a large shallow moulding cavity 23 inches in length, and 24 inches in width at the one end and 13 inches at the other. The cavity is flat in the bottom but has double parallel lines scored pretty deeply lengthwise down the centre, and a triple set along one side, which has also a row of marginal projections nearly half an inch in length and about a sixteenth of an inch apart. These projections have rounded ends, and are lined across by three ribs. There has been some more recent scoring in the flat bed of the mould, so that it is uncertain how many of the parallel lines running lengthwise along it may be original.
Seven small Tobacco Pipes of seventeenth or eighteenth century, found in Dumfriesshire. Most of them have stamps on the heel of the bowl, some showing a triple-towered castle, one a wheel-like device with dots between the spokes; one has the initials PP or RP on a heart-shaped stamp, and two have the initials IC with G below.
(2) By ROBERT H. BELL, Symbister, Whalsay, Shetland.
Small oval Cup of steatite measuring 4 inches in length by 3 inches in greatest breadth and 1 inches in depth, the bottom rounded both
inside and outside, and the sides slightly bevelled at the top. It was found in the neighbourhood of the ruins of a supposed broch at Symbister.
(3) By LEWIS BILTON, W.S., F.S.A. Scot.
Description of the City House of Amsterdam, with an explication of the Emblematical Figures, Painting, and Images, etc., which are within and without this glorious building. At Amsterdam. By Peter Mortier. With privilege. 1766. 12mo. With four folding plates.
(4) By the RYMOUR CLUB, Edinburgh, through Alan Reid, F.S.A. Scot., their Secretary.
Part I., 1906. Printed for
Miscellanea of the Rymour Club. members only.
(5) By Miss AмY FRANCES YULE, Lady Associate.
Tally-stick of the reign of Charles II., from the Treasury Records of Bombay. It is a split stem of a light, soft wood, which has been about an inch in diameter, but is now cut nearly square in section, the corners showing over an eighth of an inch of the silvery bark. At a distance of 2 inches from one end the squared stick has been cut obliquely across to a depth of a little more than half its thickness, and then split longitudinally all the way to the other end, which is pointed by two sharp cuts meeting each other obliquely in the middle. Counting from the point, there are ten nicks made on the side of the tally, which would also be marked on the corresponding half. Along the broadest edge is written :-Gubernator et Societas Mercatorum Negotiantium ad Indos Orientales pro Redditu per ipsos solubili in Anno pro Portu et Insula de Bomboij apud Indos predictos virtute Literarum Patentium sub magno. Sigillo Anglie datarum xxvijmo Martij Anglia Anno nuper Caroli Secundi xxmo pro uno anno finito xxx die Septembris ultime preterito Michaelis xxiiij die Januarij Anno Jacobi Secundi iij.
In a letter accompanying the donation, Miss Yule says:-"The
tally-stick is stated to have formed part of the Treasury Records of Bombay in the reign of King Charles II., after his acquisition of that valuable dependency. It came into my possession in the following manner. In or about 1886, a few of these tallies turned up unexpectedly among the records at the India Office, and some of the then members
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Fig. 2. Symbols on Stone at Advie, Strathspey.
of Council who were interested in the find received permission each to
(6) By Rev. J. M. JOASS, LL.D., Golspie, Corr. Mem. S.A. Scot. Rubbing, with a reduced pen-and-ink Drawing (fig. 2), of a hitherto
undescribed Sculptured Stone with symbols, now built into the vestry wall of the church at Advie, in Strathspey. The rubbing was sent to Dr Joass by W. Forsyth, Esq., M.D., of Bombay, who had observed the stone when on a visit to Advie. The history of the stone, so far as known to Rev. John Liddel, minister of the parish, is that it was believed to have been found in the old burial-ground of the parish near the river, and about a mile distant from the present church. It was at one time used as part of a lintel of a window in the old church, and after this was pulled down it was fixed in a wall to serve as a projecting stepping-stone. From this position Mr Liddel rescued it, and had it fixed for preservation in the vestry wall, where it now is. The stone is 3 feet in length by 1 foot 4 inches in greatest breadth, but is not complete, having been broken lengthways, as shown by the absence of the half of the crescent symbol on the right side. Dr Joass's drawing (fig. 2) gives a good idea of the incised symbols remaining on the broken stone, and he observes that the same two symbols occur in the same relation to each other (or nearly so) on a stone with four symbols at Inverury, Aberdeenshire, and on another stone at Mounie, in the same county, although in both these cases the symbols are less elaborately filled in.
(7) By Rev. ALEXANDER MACKINTOSH, as executor of the late Rev. Allan M'Donald, Eriskay, South Uist.
Bronze hilt and pommel of an iron double-edged Sword of the Viking time, iron Spear-head, and quadrangular Whetstone, dug up by the late Rev. Allan M'Donald, in the island of Eriskay, South Uist. [The sword-hilt is figured, and it and the other articles described, at p. 215, antea.]
The following purchases acquired by the Purchase Committee for the Museum and Library during the session 30th November to 14th May, were exhibited :—
Two Celtic Brooches of Silver, found many years ago in the neighbour