|Discovery:||first mentioned, 1919 Macalister, R.A.S.|
|Geology:||Macalister/1945, 12: `...a slab of micaceous sandstone'.|
|Dimensions:||2.03 x 1.98 x 0.15 (converted from Macalister/1945)|
Macalister/1945, 12: `In the field on the side of the road opposite to Heathfield National School'.
Gippert/Web, Ogham 9, writing in 1996 noted that,` [the school] seems no longer to exist but the stone can easily be found passing by the road leading from Ballycastle to Killala, between Heathfield and Carrowculleen; the stone is then visible in a field to the right of the road, and the house opposite is named `Aghaleague' (should this be the former school?). It has to be noted that the stone stands at the foot of a hill with a height of 788 ft. (according to the O.S. map) which surpasses every other peak in that area'.
Macalister/1945, 12, presents an extensively `reconstructed' illustration of the stone.
|Condition:||incomplete , poor|
|Folklore:||Macalister/1897; `an old woman living close by told .. that this was the stone of King `Garbry' (sic), whose dwelling was at Summerhill, close by; that he was killed there one day when his wife was in Killala, and that she .. hastened to cross the inlet between Killala and Summerhill, but was drowned'. Macalister concludes that this is "probably a recollection of the fate of Tresi, wife of Amalgaid prince of Tirawley'.|
|Decorations:||no other decoration|
|Macalister, R.A.S. (1945):||[MAQACTOMAQGAR][--|
MAQ-ACTO MAQ GAR[--MAQI MUCOI Z]
Macalister/1945 13 reading only
|Ziegler, S. (1994):||MAQACTOMAQGAR|
MAQ ACTO MAQ GAR[--
Ziegler/1994 253 reading only
|Gippert, J. (1996):||--][Q][--][AAMQMARO][--
Gippert/Web 9 reading only [Gippert 9]
|Position:||inc ; arris ; n/a ; undecorated|
Macalister/1945, 12: `The scores are pocked and rubbed in broad, shallow grooves'.
|Date:||550 - 700 (Ziegler/1994)|
Macalister/1945, 12: `the lower part even of the surviving line of the inscription, on the dexter edge, is fissured, and is so badly injured by cattle rubbing that to make anything out of it is next to impossible'.
Macalister's reading in 1945 is significantly more cautious than that of 1919. He hypothesises that the inscription contained the formula MAQI MUCOI, noting that `this is the first of the many examples that we shall meet with of the destruction of names introduced by the formula `MAQI MUCOI'.
Gippert/Web, Ogham 9: `The inscription was not readable during a first visit in 1978 because of bad weather conditions. On a second visit in 1996 the stone was quite well accessible but it has to be noted that not very many strokes have survived weathering on the edge. This inscription is desolate. As against Macalister's reading, nothing can be made out of the first two letters of his first `MAQ'. At the bottom of the inscribed edge, five scores can be recognized that may represent Macalister's second Q. Equally, of his `ACTO' only the last vowel notch can be made probable. In the middle, it is not easy to verify Macalister's MAQ; at least, the distance between the M score and what would have to be regarded as the A dot would be extremely short; the same holds true for the first Q score (cp. figs. 7 and 3). In the upper third of the inscription, Macalister's G cannot be verified; there seems to be just one M score. There is no indication whatsoever in favour of Macalister's supposition that the peculiar shape of the stone might be due to a `MAQI MUCOI' formula having been intentionally destroyed'.