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Ogham Inscribed Stone (Early Medieval)

Site Name Lunnasting

Classification Ogham Inscribed Stone (Early Medieval)

Canmore ID 1190

Site Number HU46NE 11

NGR HU 46 65

NGR Description HU c. 46 65

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Nesting
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland


Lunnasting, Shetland, ogham-inscribed fragment

Measurements: H 1.12m, W 0.33m tapering to 0.20m, D 0.04m

Stone type: flagstone

Place of discovery:

Present location: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh (IB.113).

Evidence for discovery: found about 1.5m down in a peat bog in the parish of Lunnasting in 1876 and taken to a nearby cottage. It was presented to the museum that same year.

Present condition: broken at the narrow end.


An undressed tapering slab, one broad face is incised with a vertical inscription in bind ogham with one end missing and an equal armed cross. One arm of the cross has an expansion formed of two lines at an angle, perhaps to indicate the foot of the cross. If this is so the cross is upside down in relation to the inscription and may have been added later. The inscription includes the personal name, Nechtan.

Date: eighth or ninth century.

References: Goudie 1878, 24; ECMS pt 3, 17-18; Forsyth 1996, 402-19; Scott & Ritchie 2009, no 52.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016


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