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Governor on antiquarian mission: Christian Pløyen— A faroese link between Copenhagen and Shetland

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The Society of Northern Antiquaries was founded in Copenhagen. One of its founders was Carl Christian Rafn (1795-1864) who acted as its secretary from its foundation until his death in 1864. Rafn early established contact with Christian Pløyen (1803-67), the leading Danish administrator, Amtmand, in the Faroe Islands. Pløyen soon provided the Society, and thereby the Museum of Antiquities in Copenhagen, with a flow of Faroese antiquities. Pløyen, through his acquaintances among the educated and landowning circles of the Shetland community, got the opportunity to suggest suitable members of the Society in Copenhagen. Most of the appointed members were either civil servants in the form of ministers, consuls and so on, or powerful landlords, which all, in various degrees, represented an interest in matters antiquarian, including the collecting of antiquarian objects.

Keywords: Carl Christian Rafn; Christian Pløyen; Copenhagen; Faroese antiquities; Shetland

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