MHG10761 - Farr Stone


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  • CROSS SLAB (CULTURE 300; CULTURE 900; , Pictish - 300 AD to 900 AD)

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See also:
NC76SW0049 Farr Old Church
NC76SW0067 Graveyard
NC76SW0048 Farr Manse
J Aitken : 17/12/02
See Hlinks John Wood 8.2.00

NMRS Notes:
NC76SW 11 7142 6225. Cross (NR). OS 6"map, (1964)

An upright cross-slab standing in graveyard of former parish church which was built in 1774 but which stands on site of its predecessor, mentioned 1223-1245. That the ecclesiastical origins are older still is indicated by Celtic decoration of cross-slab, which is of blue schistose slate, 7ft 6ins high, 2ft wide and 9ins thick, sculptured in relief on one face only. The main element is a ringed cross with 'arm-pits' and a central boss, springing from a semi-circular base within which are two intertwined birds. There are also panels of key-pattern and interlacing infill.
The Clachan Burn previously formed an island between the present channel and graveyard which was known as 'Eilan tigh an t-Sagairt', Island of the Priest's House; and stone (NC76SW 19) is said to have been boundary of the Priest's Croft (Morrison 1883).
Orig Paroch Scot 1855; H Morrison 1883; J Anderson and J R Allen 1903; RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909.

The cross-slab is as described. The site of the Priest's House was not located. Visited by OS (J L D) 28 April 1960.

Cross-slab surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R L) 6 July 1971.

The cross slab is still in situ. The church has been restored and is now a museum. Said to be known as 'St Columba's Church' (Info from Strthnaver Museum pamphlet, Bettyhill, Sutherland). Visited by OS (N K B) 2 August 1977.

Mr George Hay states that he has recorded this to some extent.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14715.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14716.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14717.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14718.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14719.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14720.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14849.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG15157.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG15158.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG15159.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG15160.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG15161.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG15162.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG15163.

Farr Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG15164.

Farr Stone. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12425.

Farr Stone. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12426.

Farr Stone. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12427.

Farr Stone. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12428.

Farr. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12105.

Farr. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12111.

Farr. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12134.

Farr. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12135.

Farr. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12136.

Farr. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12137.

Farr. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12138.

Farr. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12139.

Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4858.

OPS, 1855, Origines parochiales Scotiae: the antiquities ecclesiastical and territorial of the parishes of Scotland, 707-8 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG342.

Stuart, J, 1856, Sculptured stones of Scotland, 12; pl. 35 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG350.

Morrison, H, 1883, Tourist's guide to Sutherland and Caithness, 86 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2538.

Allen and Anderson, J R and J, 1903, The early Christian monuments of Scotland: a classified illustrated descriptive list of the monuments with an analysis of their symbolism and ornamentation, pt. 3, 53-4; illust. (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG1883.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Second report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Sutherland, 88, No. 258 (Text/Report). SHG2657.

Close-Brooks, J, 1986, Exploring Scotland's Heritage: The Highlands, 124, No. 59 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2053.

Stephen Gordon, 2000, Condition Survey - Farr Stone, Bettyhill, Sutherland (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG27642.

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Grid reference Centred NC 7141 6224 (10m by 10m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC76SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

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