An intriguing key with a fairy tale-like inscription – ‘mahogany box, golden telescope’ – was recently discovered at Brodie Castle. The Project Reveal North West team recalled a rumor that at the back of a store room lay an unassuming mahogany box. The key neatly fit the lock and inside the team re-discovered the beautifully constructed ‘golden telescope’.
The likelihood is that the telescope once belonged to James Brodie, 21st Brodie of Brodie (1744–1824). He was an amateur scientist credited with the discovery of new plant species on his estate (he even had a species named in his honor, ‘Brodiaea’), a Member of Parliament for his local constituency, as well as a fellow of the Royal Society. He was in regular correspondence with many eminent scientists of his day, and it was perhaps one of these scientists that inspired him to buy his own telescope during one of his stays in London.
From the top of one of his towers, who knows what he may have seen for the first time through this telescope? #projectreveal #findingscotland #discovery #telescope #mysterybox #ifthekeyfits #wearescotland