|Discovery:||first mentioned, 1822 Petrie, G.|
|History:||Macalister/1949, 69, includes this stone in his section of 'newly found' slabs, mostly by Mr Molloy of Clonmacnois National School. In spite of this it does seem to be identical to Petrie/1872, fig. 125, described as lost in Macalister/1909, 46.|
Petrie/1872, 58: `Drawn by Dr. Petrie at Clonmacnois, in 1822'.
|Dimensions:||0.43 x 0.36 x 0.05 (converted from Macalister/1949)|
Macalister makes no mention of the then current location, presumed to be on or near site (Macalister/1949, 69).
|Condition:||incomplete , some|
|Crosses:||1: equal-armed; outline; straight; expanded; square; angular; none; none; plain|
Macalister/1949, 69: `cross quadrate in a square'.
|Macalister, R.A.S. (1949):||FERGAL|
Macalister/1949 69 reading only
|Position:||inc ; broad ; above cross ; undivided|
The inscription is shown in Macalister's drawing as above the cross but there is no real reason to suppose that this was the intended orientation.
|Language:||name only (rbook)|
|Palaeography:||CISP: The lettering is half-uncial. The F has a curved top stroke, the G is half-uncial, and the R majuscule. The E appears to be in an angular uncial form. The A is half-uncial with a flourish from the bottom right of the bow. Petrie's drawing differs in detail, although he shows the A to be in the 'OC' form.|
Macalister's drawing (Macalister/1949, Plate XIX) suggests the inscription might be faint.