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Skye, Raasay, St Maol-luag's Chapel

Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Site Name Skye, Raasay, St Maol-luag's Chapel

Classification Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) St Moluag's Chapel; Raasay 3

Canmore ID 319454

Site Number NG53NW 1.01

NGR NG 54832 36635

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Portree
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Skye And Lochalsh
  • Former County Inverness-shire

EARLY MEDIEVAL CARVED STONES PROJECT (7 September 2016)

Raasay 3 (St Moluag), Kilmoluag, Skye & Lochalsh, cross-slab fragment

Measurements: H 0.24m, W 0.22m, D 0.09m

Stone type: red Torridonian sandstone

Place of discovery: NG 5483 3663

Present location: in the Raasay Heritage Trust museum.

Evidence for discovery: found in St Moluag’s burial ground in 1998.

Present condition: trimmed but the carving is clear.

Description

This fragment appears to have been trimmed for re-use. It bears part of an incised cross-of-arcs within an incised circle.

Date range: seventh century.

Primary references: Fisher 2001, 104.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

EARLY MEDIEVAL CARVED STONES PROJECT (7 September 2016)

Raasay 4 (St Moluag), Kilmoluag, Skye & Lochalsh, cross-slab

Measurements: H 0.39m, W 0.16m, D 0.03m

Stone type: red sandstone

Place of discovery: NG 5483 3663

Present location: lost.

Evidence for discovery: found in St Molag’s burial ground in 1926.

Present condition:

Description

This cross-slab was so small as to be portable. It bore in low relief an equal-armed cross with semicircular armpits and a ring linking the ends of the arms.

Date range: seventh or eighth century.

Primary references: Fisher 2001, 104.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

Activities

Reference (1997)

Class I symbol stone showing a tuning-fork above a crescent and V-rod.

A.Mack 1997.

Reference (2001)

(Raasay 3) Fragment of a slab of red Torridonian sandstone, found in 1998, which is to be displayed in the Raasay Heritage Trust museum. It measures 0.24m by 0.22m and is 90mm thick. The smoother face bears an incomplete cross-of-arcs, finely incised within a deeper groove, 0.26m in original diameter, of which only three short sections remain. The centre is damaged by a later hole, 15mm in both diameter and depth, but it is clear that, as in the rock-cut cross (no.2), the opposed arcs did not touch at the centre.(i)

Footnote:

(i) The Commissioners are indebted to Mr R Henery, Glasgow, and Mrs R Mackay, Raasay, for bringing this stone to their attention.

RCAHMS 1928, No.573.

I Fisher 2001, 104.

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