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Minstrels’ harp music found etched in Scottish castle

The markings found on a set of giant 16th century medallions in Stirling Castle have been found to be the oldest written instrumental music in Scotland.

Mr Donaldson found a sequence of ‘0’s, ‘I’s and ‘II’s carved round the edge of head number 20, which bears the image of a woman’s face. He contacted Barnaby Brown, a lecturer at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, who specialises in early Scottish music.

Mr Brown recognised the similarity of the sequence to rare Welsh notations, which were previously thought to be the earliest markings of their kind in Britain

3 thoughts on “Minstrels’ harp music found etched in Scottish castle

  1. @young bat: Thank you for posting the music link! I was about to search to see if someone had reconstructed it,but you saved me the trouble! 🙂

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