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Investigating the Story of an Intriguing Date 1833 Scottish Brooch

Posted on April 25 2018

Sentimental mourning broochIt's such a pleasure to do a spot of time travelling through your jewellery, and holding a piece of sentimental jewellery like this gorgeous antique 19th century brooch evokes such poignant emotion... Dedicated to 'W Murray Esq, Obt 14 April 1833', and set with a richly coloured barrel shaped hand cut Citrine and natural River Pearls, it is such a beauty! Through it's long life it has been cared for by at least three different owners, and survived massive historical changes. After a spot of research we managed to find out a few facts about William Murray. He was born on 16th March 1748 in Minningaff, Stewartry of Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. He didn't marry, but lived in Toronto for some time. He died aged 83 in 1833, (in the reign of William IV) and his funeral was held at Bath Abbey. He sounds a nice gentleman as in his will he left today's equivalent of £5000 'to be applied for the benefit of the poor of Minningaff', and also the same amount to the Bath Hospital for the same purposes. He was obviously remembered kindly as the brooch is high quality, in 18ct gold and set with gems from his homeland, Scotland. It's heart-warming to think that we might one day find it yet another caring home to take it into it's third century!

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