|Discovery:||recognised, 1925 Lacaille, A.D.|
|History:||Lacaille/1925, 148, records that he discovered the inscription when the cross-marked stone was cleared of lichen. When he saw the stone it was standing `loosely between two boulders in a ruined drystone wall', i.e. the enclosure. He doubted that this was its original position. The inscribed surface faced W.|
RCAHMS/1992, 50, n.2: `In an undated (late nineteenth century) sketch by the Rev Dr Mathew in the NMRS the stone was described as `lying in a field' in the same area, so its original context is uncertain'.
RCAHMS/1992, 50: `The stone was moved to its current location in 1928'.
|Geology:||Okasha/1985, 64: `granite'.|
RCAHMS/1992, 51: `local epidiorite'.
|Dimensions:||1.31 x 0.41 x 0.22 (RCAHMS/1992)|
|Location:||Poltalloch; Current location (since 1928).|
RCAHMS/1992, 50: `[It] now stands in a boulder base outside the north wall of St Columba's Episcopal Church, Poltalloch' (RCAHMS/1922, 201--203, No.95).
RCAHMS/1992, 51: `a slightly tapering slab...roughly dressed on the upper part of the carved face'.
|Condition:||complete , some|
RCAHMS/1992, 51, notes that the upper part of carved face is much worn: `there is a long vertical crack at the centre of the face, and others to the left...The left terminal [of the cross] is affected by the broken edge, as is the beginning of the...inscription'.
|Crosses:||1: greek; linear; straight; expanded; square; none; none; none; n/a|
RCAHMS/1992, 51: `At the top there is a deeply grooved cross, 0.34m high and about 0.29m in original width, with expanded terminals which in the top and right arms appear to be forked, whereas the bottom one is flat-ended'.
|Jackson, K.H. ():||CRNA[.]TON|
The cross of Naiton.
Jackson/nd Incomplete Information
|Okasha, E. (1985):||[--][X]RI[.]ETON|
Okasha/1985 64 concise discussion
(In the name) of Christ, Reiton.
RCAHMS/1992 51 substantial discussion
|Position:||E ; broad ; below cross ; undivided|
Okasha/1985, 64: `The text is incised beneath the cross'.
Okasha/1985, 64: `the text is incised'.
|Date:||600 - 899 (RCAHMS/1992)|
600 - 699 (Thomas/1971)
|Palaeography:||RCHAMS/1992, 51: `half-uncial'.|
RCAHMS/1992, 51: `The final letters of the inscription, TON, are legible, being well cut and up to 40mm high, but the earlier ones are uncertain, being affected both by damage at the left edge and by surface-cracks at the centre, where there is a much-rubbed area one letter wide. Of the four or five letters to the left of the main vertical crack, only the second, an `R' with a horizontal stroke at mid-height of the stem, is unambiguous...[Jackson] saw a `flat-topped' A, but subsequent examination suggests that the letter...is the upper half of an `E' intersected by an oblique crack, and it is followed by a short vertical stroke which may have been a superscript `I', the area adjoining the major crack being left blank...The supposed `N' in third position appears to comprise two separate vertical strokes, the second with a short horizontal stroke to the right resembling the earlier `R'. Moreover the supposed `C' is unusally angular, and it is interpreted...by...Okasha (1985, 64), as the right half of a damaged `X' representing the Greek letter `CH''.