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Carved Stone (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Rosemarkie

Classification Carved Stone (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Groam House 12

Canmore ID 260012

Site Number NH75NW 7.18

NGR NH 737 576

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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


Rosemarkie 11, Ross & Cromarty, recumbent graveslab fragment

Measurements: H 0.45m, W 0.76m, D 0.16m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NH 7372 5763

Present location: Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie (ROMGH.1992.8)

Evidence for discovery: found in a garden rockery in Fortrose in 1989.

Present condition: broken and very worn.


This rectangular fragment has been trimmed down, probably for building purposes, from the head-end of a very large recumbent gravestone. Only the left-hand edge is original. The stone is carved in relief on one broad face, with a central sunken panel and a wide border of figural ornament. The sunken panel is bordered with a roll moulding and contains a raised square defined by a roll moulding, and double roll mouldings divide the square into four triangles, each filled with a triquetra knot. Within the border there is a figure on either side of the sunken panel, facing inwards, and a quadruped above the panel, but the details of the scene depicted are sadly obscured by wear. Below the feet of the figures are plain panels.

Date: ninth or tenth century.

References: Henderson & Henderson 2004, 200; Seright & Henderson 2013, 9.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017.

Archaeology Notes

NH75NW 7.18 737 576

A fragment of sculptured stone, carved in low relief. It comprises a broad marginal band, inhabited by human figures, framing a rectangular panel. In the centre of this a raised rectangular panel is filled by four triquetra knots (Groam House 1992.8).



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