|Discovery:||first mentioned, 1878 Petrie, G.|
|Dimensions:||1.4 x 0.56 x 0.12 (Higgins/1987)|
Higgins/1987, 324: `This large rectangular slab of stone is located in the graveyard at Temple Brecan, Na Seacht dTeampuill, Inishmore, Aran Islands'.
Higgins/1987, 328: `large rectangular slab'.
|Condition:||frgmntry , poor|
|Crosses:||1: latin; linear; straight; ind; square; ind; none; none; plain|
Macalister/1949, 7: `a two line Latin cross having circular expansions in the intersections and at the terminals'.
Higgins/1987, 324, notes that both inscription and cross have been subject to widely differing interpretations. He himself disagrees with Macalister: `The crosses fourchee, shown in the two upper cantons of Macalister's drawing do not exist, though a pair of narrow, incised lines of indeterminate length do'.
|Petrie, G. (1878):||OR || AIT | ARA || NMAIN | SEM || BLAIN|
ORAIT AR ANMAIN SEMBLAIN
Petrie/1878 22 reading only
|Macalister, R.A.S. (1949):||OR || AIT | ARA || NMAIN | SCAN || DLAIN|
ORAIT AR ANMAIN SCANDLAIN
CISP: A prayer for the soul of Scandlain (PN).
Higgins/1987 324 Incomplete Information
Macalister/1949 7, Plate II minor reference
|Position:||many ; broad ; below cross ; quadrant|
Higgins/1997, 324: `The cross is pocked, as is the inscription'.
|Palaeography:||Macalister/1949, 7: `The U-shaped N's in this inscription are peculiar'.|
Higgins/1987, 324: `rounded half-uncials'.
CISP: The lettering is Insular half-uncial. The drawing in Higgins/1987, Fig. 46, shows only an half-uncial R, an A in the 'OC' form, and a majuscule S.
Higgins/1987, 324, notes the deterioration in the stone's condition, and the legibility of the inscription, since Macalister's visit. His illustration of the stone shows only a handful of legible letters. Despite this, Higgins follows Macalister's reading, which, he comments, `seems likely to be accurate'.