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Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Site Name Rosemarkie

Classification Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Groam House 2

Canmore ID 259993

Site Number NH75NW 7.10

NGR NH 737 576

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Rosemarkie
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Rosemarkie 10, Ross & Cromarty, recumbent cross-slab fragments

Measurements: H 1.45m, W 0.45m + tapering to 0.40m at the foot

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NH 737 576

Present location: Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie (ROMGH.1992.6-7)

Evidence for discovery: found in the churchyard at Roemarkie in 1974.

Present condition: the slab is broken into three fragments, and the top right-hand corner is missing.


These fragments comprise most of a recumbent gravestone bearing an incised cross on a stepped base. The entire cross and base are outlined by a double incised line, and the armpits are slightly sunken. The surviving side-arm extends out to the edge of the slab, but the upper arm stops well short of the head of the stone. The base is has a single step and spans the width of the slab, with a wide tenon beneath. Within the base is a sunken shape echoing the shape of the base itself.

Date: ninth or tenth century.


Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017 Seright & Henderson 2013, 13.

Archaeology Notes

MH75NW 7.10 737 576

Cross-slab, broken into three parts, bearing an incised cross rising from a cruciform base (Groam House 1992.7 and 1992.6).



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