The bronze boar's head adopted as our logo is a modern reconstruction of the iconic Celtic trumpet discovered in about 1816 by farm workers at Leitchestown in the parish of Deskford. The original, dating to the first or second century AD, is now on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. It is the only carnyx head to have been uncovered in Britain, although graphic depictions from other locations across the Roman empire provide evidence of their widespread use. So there is every reason to believe that, as long as 2000 years ago, Banffshire had a place in the civilised world.

In modern times carnyces have featured in films including Gladiator and Brave. They can also be spotted in the pages of Asterix cartoon stories.

To learn more about the Deskford carnyx and its modern recreation as a musical instrument, follow this link.   More photos below of the Carnyx, all credited to the National Museum of Scotland. Click on the images to enlarge them and for more information.

carnyx reconstruction

Carnyx Reconstruction

carnyx drawing

Carnyx Drawing

carnyx original

Carnyx Original

carnyx replica

Carnyx Replica