MHG8830 - Rosemarkie Church, Cross Slab No. 3


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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
NH75NW0092 Rosemarkie No. 6
NH75NW0096 Rosemarkie No. 2
NH75NW0097 Rosemarkie No. 4
NH75NW0098 Rosemarkie No. 5
JHooper, 22/7/2002
NH75NW 7.3 7372 5763

No. 3 A fragment of a Class 3 cross-slab dug up in the churchyard and donated to the RMS(NMAS) by Rev C Macdowall in 1885 ( IB 127), measures 11.5ins x 9ins x 2ins thick. One face bears a representation of a beast attacking a man.
J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; RCAHMS 1979.

Rosemarkie 3, Ross & Cromarty, possible panel fragment
Measurements: H 0.25m, W 0.27m, D 0.05m
Stone type: sandstone
Place of discovery: NH 7372 5763
Present location: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh (IB 127) (cast in Groam House Museum).
Evidence for discovery: found during grave-digging in the churchyard at Rosemarkie and given to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland in 1885.
Present condition: all the edges are broken but the condition of the surviving carving is good.
This tantalisingly small fragment is carved in relief on one face with part of a narrative scene involving beasts and a human head. The head is seen in profile facing left, with strongly defined nose, large eye, pointed beard and long hair, and the neck appears to the body of an animal. His nose is being licked by a large animal with bared teeth, its jaw and neck outlined by an inner incised line. Behind the man the snout of an animal grasps his hair, and below his head a third beast seems to be sniffing him intently. The first and third beasts have the same shell-like ear. Above this menacing scene are the four taloned feet of a large creature, the rest of whose body is missing.
Date: eighth or ninth century.
References: ECMS pt 3, 86-7; Henderson 1990, [15-16[; Henderson & Henderson 2004, 155; Seright & Henderson 2013, 11.
Ealry Medieval Carbed Stones 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)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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