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Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Site Name Rosemarkie

Classification Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Groam House 11

Canmore ID 260003

Site Number NH75NW 7.15

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


Rosemarkie 12, Ross & Cromarty, end-panel fragment

Measurements: H 0.47m, W 0.52m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NH 737 576

Present location: Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie (ROMGH.1992.9)

Evidence for discovery: found in the churchyard at Rosemarkie in 1990.

Present condition: broken top and bottom and worn.


This fragment has a roll moulding along the vertical edges and is carved in relief with a ringed cross with circular armpits. The cross is set into a squared base, which tapers outwards slightly towards the base. The surviving terminal of the right-hand side-arms is finished with two spirals. On face C, behind the arm, is a groove, 25mm deep and 60 mm wide, which may have accommodated a side-panel of a composite box-shrine.

Date: eighth or ninth century.

References: Henderson & Henderson 2004, 207; Seright & Henderson 2013, 12.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017.

Archaeology Notes

NH75NW 7.14 737 576

Fragment of a slab bearing, in low relief, a ring-headed cross, rising from a base of one step. The one intact arm terminates in a pair of miniature volutes (Groam House 1992.9).



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