St. Ninian's Isle
The St. Ninian’s Isle Treasure is a hoard of silverware discovered in St. Ninian’s Kirk.
The hoard was found on the 4th of July 1958 in a larch box under a cross-inscribed stone slab in the floor of the church. It has been suggested that the silver was hidden for safekeeping upon the approach of Norse raiders. It contained Pictish silver penannular brooches, bowls and other artefacts including sword decorations.
The silverware was donated to the then National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, now the National Museums of Scotland, in 1965-6, and replicas are housed in the Shetland Museum.
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Alternative names for St. Ninian's Isle
St. Ninian's Isle Treasure