MHG25215 - Rosemarkie Church, No. 4 Carved Stone


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Type and Period (1)

  • CROSS SLAB (Pictish to Early Medieval - 300 AD to 1057 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

See also:
NH75NW0007 Church
NH75NW0100 Burial ground
NH75NW0199 Churchyard wall
NH75NW0013 Shell midden
NH75NW0087 Rosemarkie No. 1
NH75NW0088 Rosemarkie No. 3
NH75NW0092 Rosemarkie No. 6
NH75NW0096 Rosemarkie No. 2
NH75NW0098 Rosemarkie No. 5
JHooper, 22/7/2002
NH75NW 7.4 7372 5763

No. 4. A fragment of a Class 3 sculptured stone 0.36m x 0.32m by 0.08m, found in Rosemarkie churchyard. One face is pitted suggesting the presence of a form of interlacing, now weathered away. The other face bears the remains of a pair of figures, one in decorated robes, the other holding a staff. Only the lower regions remain. Donated to the RMS(NMAS) by Major C Mackenzie in 1855 ( IB 119).
Information from R Jones to RCAHMS, 1980.

Rosemarkie 4, Ross & Cromarty, possible cross-slab fragment
Measurements: H 0.34m, W 0.37m, D 0.08m
Stone type: sandstone
Place of discovery: NH 7372 5763
Present location: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh (IB 119), on loan to Groam House Museum.
Evidence for discovery: found in the churchyard at Rosemarkie and given to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland in 1885.
Present condition: very worn and all edges are broken
This fragment is carved in shallow relief on one broad face with the remains of a figural scene, and it may have been part of a cross-slab or a panel. Traces of the lower part of two figures survive, both walking to the left and evidently depicted in profile. One is wearing an elaborately decorated ankle-length garment, possibly pleated, with a border of key pattern. Behind this figure is another in a slightly shorter, apparently plain, tunic, who is carrying a staff or spear.
Date: eighth or ninth century.
References: ECMS pt 3, 87-8; Henderson 1990, [16-17]; Seright & Henderson 2013, 10.
Early Medieval Carved Stone Project, A Ritchie 2017.

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Grid reference Centred NH 7372 5763 (10m by 10m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH75NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

Finds (1)

  • CARVED OBJECT (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)

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