|Discovery:||first mentioned, 1822 Petrie, G.|
|History:||Petrie/1872, 22: `Drawn by Dr. Petrie at Clonmacnois, in the year 1822. It is no longer to be found'.|
Macalister/1909, 12: `Happily, however, the monument is safe and sound at Clonmacnois'.
Macalister/1949, 47, records the stone as still on site.
|Dimensions:||0.61 x 0.69 x 0.04 (converted from Macalister/1949)|
|Condition:||complete , good|
There appears to have been some minor damage at each of the corners of the stone.
|Crosses:||1: equal-armed; outline; straight; other; circular; angular; inner curv; none; decorated|
Macalister/1909, 12: `Four-line cross inside three-line margin; circle round centre of cross. The spaces between the circle and the angles of the cross, and a lozenge on the cross, are voided, and contain pellets'.
|Petrie, G. (1822):||EPSCO/P | CATHAL|
Bishop Cathal (PN).
Petrie/1872 22 reading only
|Macalister, R.A.S. (1949):||EPSCO/P | DATHAL|
Macalister/1909 12 reading only
Macalister/1949 47 reading only
|Position:||n/a ; broad ; above cross ; separated|
The inscription is outside the margins and above the cross.
|Date:||816 - 816 (Lionard/1961)|
|Palaeography:||CISP: The inscription is in half-uncial. The first P of line 1 and the D of line 2 each have open-bows; the E is three-pronged; the A's are in the `OC' form; the final L has a bifid terminal on the top of the ascender; the TH and COP are conjoined, with the O/P ligatured.|
The text is clear.
Macalister/1909, 12: `there is a Bishop Dathal recorded in the Annals of Ulster , A.D. 816'.
Macalister/1949, 47: `conceivably the `bishop, scribe and anchorite' of that name, place unrecorded, mentioned in AU, [obit] 816'.
Lionard/1961, 160, accepts this identification and dates the inscription accordingly.