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Lochnaw

Ogham Inscribed Stone (Early Medieval)(Possible)

Site Name Lochnaw

Classification Ogham Inscribed Stone (Early Medieval)(Possible)

Canmore ID 60396

Site Number NW96SE 26

NGR NW 99 62

NGR Description NX c. 99 62

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Leswalt
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Wigtown
  • Former County Wigtownshire

Archaeology Notes

NW96SE 26 c. 99 62

Possibly on map sheet NX06SW.

A stone with ogam markings, from Lochnaw, may be a fake. The stone is on display in the Observatory Museum, Dumfries. It is partly damaged and now measures 0.59m high by 0.47m long, crossed by two horizontal and three diagonal strokes, and two further possible strokes lower down.

The museum label reads: "Standing stone with possible ogham inscription, Lochnaw, Wigtownshire 5-6th century? The ogam alphabet originated in Ireland and comprises a system of short straight lines".

The circumstances of its original discovery and accession appear to be unknown.

Information from letter to Dr A Ritchie from D J Craig, University of Durham, 7 January 1986.

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