MHG9801 - Cross slab, Loth Burn, Lothbeg


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Type and Period (1)

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

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Full Description

NC90NE 1 9525 0993.
Cross Slab found AD 1869 (NAT) OS 6"map, (1964)

A sculptured stone was found 1869 during construction of Lothbeg railway cutting. It is a portion of an upright cross-slab of purple sandstone, sculptured in relief on 3 sides.
Front: The left arm of a cross with circular hollows between arms, ornamental with interlaced work with traces of interlaced work on the background.
Back: The right arm of a cross with square stepped hollows in the angles between the arms and a circular ring connecting them. The arm is ornamental with a key pattern, the circular ring with a sort of cable and the background with interlaced work.
Left Side: Triangular interlaced work. It measures 1ft 7ins long, 1ft wide and 5.5 ins thick. Metric measurement - 0.5m (base) x 0.37m x 0.39m (other two sides) x 0.15m (thick).
Now in Dunrobin Museum. No.21.
J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; RCAHMS 1911.

This cross slab is still in Dunrobin Museum. (Acc No. 1869.6) See NC80SE 46-18 Visited by OS (N K B) 23 April 1976.

Lothbeg, Sutherland, cross-slab fragment
Measurements: H 0.48m, W 0.31m, D 0.14m
Stone type: purple sandstone
Place of discovery: BC 9525 0993
Present location: Dunrobin Museum, Dunrobin Castle.
Evidence for discovery: found in 1869 during the construction of the railway cutting west of Lothbeg station, on the east side of the Loth Burn a short distance from the seashore.
Present condition: broken and worn.
This fragment belongs to one side of the slab and exhibits three carved faces, all worked in relief. Each of the broad faces bears the terminal of the side-arm of a cross, while the narrow face bears triangular interlace pattern, and the slab had a narrow plain flatband moulding along each edge. One of the crosses has a ring, and this is likely to be face A, in which case the fragment comes from the right-hand edge of the slab. Enough survives to show that the cross is edged with a roll moulding, the side-arm terminal is rectangular and the centre has a square, making stepped armpits. The side arm contains key pattern, the ring is ornamented with cable work and a triquetra fills the space between ring and armpit. There are also traces of knotwork above the side arm face. Face C bears a rectangular left-hand side arm outlined with roll moulding and infilled with interlace. The rounded arm pit contains a small boss, and there are traces of interlace below the side arm.
Date: ninth or tenth century.
References: ECMS pt 3, 54.
Compiled by A Ritchie 2016, Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

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Grid reference Centred NC 9525 0992 (10m by 10m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC90NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND

Finds (1)

  • SYMBOL STONE (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)

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