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Rosemarkie Description of stone

Event ID 1020983

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Early Medieval Carved Stones Project


Rosemarkie 7, Ross & Cromarty, church furniture, panel

Measurements: L 1.54m, H 0.45m, D 0.04m

Stone type: grey sandstone

Place of discovery: NH 7372 5763

Present location: Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie (ROMGH.1992.2)

Evidence for discovery: found in the churchyard at Rosemarkie.

Present condition: some wear but overall in good condition.


This long rectangular panel is carved on one broad face with remarkably regular key pattern, surrounded on three sides by a border of smaller key pattern consisting of T-shaped bars. Along the top of the slab this border lies along the edge, while the two short sides have an uncarved area some 0.04m to 0.05m wide between the carved border and the ends of the slab. Beneath the carving there is an uncarved area up to 0.13m deep, and the bottom edge of the slab is undressed.

Date: eighth or ninth century.

References: Henderson & Henderson 2004, 206-7; Seright & Henderson 2013, 8.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017.

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