The Crannog Bag


The Crannog Bag by Pictavia Leather.

This is Pictavia's interpretation of the bag remains unearthed at Loch Glashan Crannog site in the West of Scotland. A Crannog is an ancient roundhouse built over a Loch, either on stilts or on built up mounds. They are found throughout Scotland and Ireland, dating from the bronze age and some still being inhabited up until the 18th century AD.

The Loch Glashan Crannog where the bag was found was dated from approximately 600-900 AD, and was located in what would have been the Early Medieval Kingdom of Dalriada, inhabited by Gaels (or Scots).

People have always needed bags to keep their most needed items to hand. This is how they made them in Scotland (or at least how one leatherworker was making them) in the early medieval period.

Material & Make

This bag is made from bark tanned cowskin, hand tooled with early medieval techniques. The designs feature those found within in the Book of Kells and finished with an ancient recipe blend of natural waxes and oils.

These are handmade in Scotland within the Pictavia Leather workshop utilising all traditional techniques and materials.


About The Artist
Hamish Lamley founded Pictavia Leather in the heart of Scotland, where the Picts themselves resided during the Early Middle Ages. His mastery of traditional leathercraft offers a glimpse into this ancient world, and Hamish’s work is praised globally for his accuracy and impact on the archaeological interpretation. Aside from the creations that come from his workshop, Hamish also teaches leatherworking courses and offers presentations and demonstrations at historical sites across Europe. You can find more of his custom offerings on his personal website, Pictavia Leather.

You can see more of Hamish's art available on Northern Fire here.
Size & Dimensions

19cm (7.5 inches) wide, 23cm (9 inches) long and 6cm (2.5 inches) deep