|Discovery:||arch excav, 1976 Redknap, M.|
|History:||Redknap/1976--77, 243, 247, notes that it was found during excavation in front of St Columba's Shrine in 1976, in grave IV.|
|Geology:||Redknap/1976-77, 243: `Carsaig sandstone'.|
|Dimensions:||0.55 x 0.52 x 0.0 (RCAHMS/1982)|
|Location:||Iona Abbey Museum (Cat: unnumbered)|
Fisher/2001, 128: `Abbey Museum, N wall, and detached fragment in store'.
RCAHMS/1982, 184: `Fragment of a dressed slab of Carsaig sandstone'.
|Condition:||frgmntry , some|
RCAHMS/1982, 184: `It has borne a long-shafted cross within a 50mm border formed by a single incised line. The surviving portion of the shaft is edged by bead-mouldings and the intervening space is slightly sunk'.
[OROIT] DO [F]ERGUS[-
A prayer for Fergus(PN).
RCAHMS/1982 184 reading only
|Fisher, I. (2001):||[…..]DOERGUS|
[OROIT] DO FERGUS
A prayer for Fergus (PN).
Fisher/2001 128 reading only
|Position:||n/a ; broad ; outside cross ; separated|
Redknap/1976-77, 243: `the slab has borne a long-shafted cross within a border consisting of a single incised line'.
Redknap/1976-77. 243: `incised'.
|Date:||700 - 899 (RCAHMS/1982)|
700 - 799 (Redknap/1976--77)
|Palaeography:||RCAHMS/1982, 184: `half-uncial'.|
Redknap/1976-77, 243: `semi-uncial'.
Redknap/1976-77, 243: `the lettering would most likely belong to the eighth century, but a ninth-century date, though less likely, would not be impossible'.
The text is clear except for the O of `do' which although faint can still be made out.
ÓCorráin/Macguire/1991, 97: ``man-strength'...Fergus has been confused with another old name, Forggus, and after the Old Irish period they are both rendered Fergus. Fergus is an extremely common name in the early period'.