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Rosemarkie Description of stone

Event ID 1020976

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Early Medieval Carved Stones Project


Rosemarkie 4, Ross & Cromarty, possible cross-slab fragment

Measurements: H 0.34m, W 0.37m, D 0.08m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NH 7372 5763

Present location: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh (IB 119), on loan to Groam House Museum.

Evidence for discovery: found in the churchyard at Rosemarkie and given to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland in 1885.

Present condition: very worn and all edges are broken


This fragment is carved in shallow relief on one broad face with the remains of a figural scene, and it may have been part of a cross-slab or a panel. Traces of the lower part of two figures survive, both walking to the left and evidently depicted in profile. One is wearing an elaborately decorated ankle-length garment, possibly pleated, with a border of key pattern. Behind this figure is another in a slightly shorter, apparently plain, tunic, who is carrying a staff or spear.

Date: eighth or ninth century.

References: ECMS pt 3, 87-8; Henderson 1990, [16-17]; Seright & Henderson 2013, 10.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017.

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