|Discovery:||first mentioned, 1878 Earl of Dunraven|
|History:||Petrie/1878, 44: `Drawn by M[argaret]. S[tokes]. from a rubbing made of the stone in the churchyard of Iniscealtra by the late Earl of Dunraven'.|
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 69: `This stone was first recorded by Petrie who published a drawing made by Stokes `from a rubbing made of the stone in the churchyard of Iniscealtra by the late Earl of Dunraven' ... In 1880 the stone was in the graveyard but not in situ. ... The stone was inside the church when Macalister saw it, on the south side of the nave in its current position'.
|Dimensions:||1.19 x 0.42 x 0.16 (Okasha/Forsyth/2001)|
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 69: `This stone is inside the ruins of St Ciamin's church, set upright and cemented against the south wall of the nave, third from the west corner'.
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 69: `The stone is a large recumbent cross-slab'.
|Condition:||complete , good|
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 69: `complete and in good condition'.
|Crosses:||1: latin; outline; straight; plain; round holl; none; none; other; plain|
Macalister/1916, 156: `A Latin cross with hollowed angles and expanding base, in shape a trapezium, with hollowed sides, open below'.
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 69--70: `The face is dressed and is incised with an outline Latin cross with semi-circular hollowed armpits. The cross stands on a trapezoid base which has concave sides and is open below'.
|Petrie, G. (1878):||O~R~DOLAITH | BERTACH|
OROIT DO LAITHBERTACH
Pray for Laithbertach (PN).
Petrie/1878 44 reading only
|Macalister, R.A.S. (1915):||O~R~DOLAITH | BERTACH|
OROIT DO LAITHBERTACH
Macalister/1916 156 reading only
Macalister/1949 90 reading only
|Okasha and Forsyth (1996):||O~R~DOLAITH | BERTACH|
OROIT DO (F)LAITHBERTACH
A prayer for Flaithbertach (PN).
Okasha/Forsyth/2001 70 reading only
|Position:||W ; top ; above cross ; undivided|
Macalister/1916, 156: `Inscription... inverted with respect to the cross'.
|Date:||1100 - 1199 (Macalister/1916)|
|Ling. Notes:||Macalister/1916, 156: `An identical inscription is to be seen on a slab at Inis Clothrann, Loch Ree'.|
|Palaeography:||Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 70: `The text is legible and uses half-uncial script'.|
CISP: The lettering is Insular half-uncial. The two A's are in the 'OC' form and the B and H of the second line have wedge-shaped finials atop a shortened ascender. The two majuscule Rs differ markedly in shape. In the first example the 'foot' is horizontal, and even bends upward at the end. The second example is the more usual open-bowed majuscule form. The D has an ascender which bends to the left over an open bow. The curved I, the curved half-uncial Ts and the curved strokes added to the B, A's and L give the lettering a decorative appearance.