“But to see her was to love her, Love but her, and love forever.” ~ Robert Burns
The Luckenboothe is a traditional Scottish love token. The name is taken from the luckenbooths of Edinburgh, which were lockable booths where merchants would sell their wares, including jewelry. These symbols of love and devotion became so popular that by the mid-18th century, luckenbooth tokens were heavily traded to the North American Indians, particularly the Iroquois. As a result, luckenbooth brooches also became a common decorative symbol in 18th and early 19th century native clothing.
We chose the Gaelic spelling of Mary for this charming pendant, the Màiri Luckenboothe, to honor Mary Campbell, who was the love and muse of Robert Burns. She died tragically at the age of 23, after nursing her brother through illness. Mary inspired some of Robert Burns' most famous poems, including "The Highland Lassie O", "Highland Mary", and "To Mary in Heaven” which was written on the third anniversary of her passing.
Rob has intertwined two thistles and Celtic knotwork into this graceful heart pendant. It measures just over 1 1/4 inches long and 1 inch wide.