MHG42204 - Cross Slab, Mid Clyth Chapel


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  • CROSS SLAB (Early Medieval - 561 AD? to 1057 AD?)

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ND23NE 4 2956 3723.
Chapel (NR) (Remains of) Graveyard (NAT)
OS 6" map, Caithness, 1st ed., (1871)

Chapel (NR) (site of) Cross Slab (NR) OS 1:10,000 map, (1977)

'Caithness Monumental Inscriptions', pre 1855
Monumental inscription survey completed by A.S.Cowper & I.Ross.
The survey may not include inscription information after 1855 and each inscription transcribed does not give the full details that appear on the stones, abbreviations used. Some ommissions and inacuracies. Published 1992.
J Aitken : 20/12/02
The remains of a Roman Catholic chapel, in good preservation, the walls about 3ft high.
Name Book 1871.

Near the centre of Mid Clyth graveyard stands a tall grey slab measuring 6' 6" in height, 1' 9" in breadth, and 6" in thickness. It faces SW and NE. On the SW face near the centre is incised a Celtic cross 1' 3" in length and 1' 4" in breadth along the arms. The upper arm terminates in two diverging spirals and the lateral arms in circular discs 3" in diameter. The stem of the cross is about 3/4 broad. (See also ND23NE 5.)
Visited by RCAHMS, 16th July 1910.

A tall grey slab, 6ft 6ins high by 1ft 9ins by 6ins, with a Celtic cross incised on its SW face, stands near the centre of Mid Clyth graveyard. (See also ND23NE 5.)
RCAHMS 1911.

There are no remains of the chapel to be seen. The grave yard is still in use. The cross slab, as described by the RCAHMS, is at ND 2955 3724.
Surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (A A) 5 May 1967.

The chapel was not located, the graveyard is still in use, and the cross-slab is largely moss-covered.
C E Batey 1982.

Mid Clyth 2, Caithness, cross-slab
Measurements: H 1.98m, 0.53m, D 0.15m
Stone type: grey sandstone
Place of discovery: ND 2956 3723
Present location: Mid Clyth graveyard
Evidence for discovery: recorded by Arthur Mitchell in June 1863 standing in the graveyard.
Present condition: good
On the SW face of this tall standing stone there is a pecked cross with a pair of spirals at the terminal of the upper arm and a circle (8mm in diameter) at the termination of each side-arm.
Date: eighth century.
Early Medieval Carved Stones Project, desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2016

See link below to HES Canmore records for sketches and photographs of the cross slab.

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Grid reference Centred ND 2955 3724 (10m by 10m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND23NE
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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