The English horn
The English horn was found in a well at Battle in Sussex in the early 19th Century. A drawing was made in London and the horn subsequently disappeared. Three reproductions have been made by Prehistoric Music Ireland. A nationwide search of Britain is ongoing to locate the original instrument. It may be in a small museum or on the wall of a house or in an attic. Any knowledge of this instrument would be gratefully received by Prehistoric Music Ireland, prehistoricmusic.com or The British Museum.
The Scandinavian horn
This drawing is taken from a report issued by the United States National Museum in 1896. It was included with a collection of others depicting prehistoric horns from Northern Europe. It closely resembles one of the end blown horns from Drumbest, Co. Antrim and is clearly a member of the Irish horn family. Perhaps it was taken by Viking raiders in the 9th or 10th centuries AD.
Scottish fragment (side blown)
This is the only known actual surviving part of a bronze horn outside Ireland. It was found in Wigtownshire in Western Scotland and enough survives to ascertain that it resembled horns from Ulster. It is shown here beside a reproduction of a side blown horn from Drumbest, Co. Antrim. It can be viewed at the Scottish Museum in Edinburgh.
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