St James's scallop

Shells from George Montagu’s collection.

Montagu included this species with little doubt although he accepted that it was rarely collected off the south of the British Isles. The single shell in RAMM is P. jacobaeus but this Mediterranean species is not known to live around the British Isles. The specimen is entire and in good condition and would appear to have been live collected.

In January 2020 the Montagu Collection was awarded Designated status by Arts Council England. This mark of distinction recognises the collection’s international significance to the scientific community - it is the most intact and taxonomically important collection of British shells of the early 19th century (1800-1816) to be found anywhere in the UK.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Collector Excavator
Montagu, Colonel George (from the collection of)
Common Name
St James's scallop
Simple Name
mollusc: shell
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)

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PECTINIDAE: Pecten jacobaeus [Linn]: St Jame's scallop