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Scanned image of a pencil drawing of a carved stone cross-slab.

SC 875736

Description Scanned image of a pencil drawing of a carved stone cross-slab.

Date c. 1895 to 1920

Collection John Nicolson

Catalogue Number SC 875736

Category On-line Digital Images

Scope and Content Drawing of cross-slab from Mid Clyth, Caithness, Highland Mid Clyth graveyard is located in the parish of Latheron, Caithness. The graveyard lies between the coast and the main road, between Dunbeath to Wick. This drawing by John Nicolson (1843-1934) shows a carved stone cross-slab which can still be seen standing in the centre of the graveyard. One side has an incised cross of unusual design. The upper and lower arms terminate in two spirals and the lateral arms of the cross end in circular rings. Although there are medieval references to a church at Clyth, the graveyard is relatively modern and there is no sign of a chapel nearby which suggests that the stone may have been brought from elsewhere. Nicolson was born at Stemster, John O' Groats, and lived in Nybster for most of his life. He was an accomplished artist and keen archaeologist who dedicated much of his life to studying the prehistory and history of Caithness. His sketches and watercolour drawings of excavated buildings and artefacts provide an invaluable record of archaeological investigations. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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