|Discovery:||recognised, 1933 Somerville, A.W.|
|History:||Macdonald/1935-36, 33--34, tells how it was first seen in August 1933, that it was brought ashore soon afterwards (by a friend of the finder) and that it was first examined by the finder in the summer of 1934. On p. 34 he states: `Through the good offices of the present Duke of Buccleuch, then Lord Dalkeith, the stone was presented to the National Museum [of Scotland] by the Buccleuch Estates Limited'.|
Macalister/1945, 491: `discovered by Mr A.W. Sommerville of Bishop's Stortford, and his son, in the Liddel Water, between Newcastleton and Hawick'.
RCAHMS/1956, 88: `It had apparently been built into a drystone dyke standing on the river bank, which had recently collapsed into the water after having been undermined by a flood'.
|Geology:||Macalister/1945, 491: `sandstone'.|
|Dimensions:||1.73 x 0.46 x 0.25 (Close-Brooks/Stevenson)|
|Location:||NMS (Cat: IB 240)|
Held in the National Museum of Antiquities, Edinburgh.
Macalister/1945, 491: `An irregular block of sandstone, in shape roughly resembling a gigantic pistol, the `handle-butt' being 2'9'' long, the `barrel' portion, which bears the inscription 3'2'' long'.
|Condition:||complete , some|
Close-Brooks/Stevenson/1982, 14: `The part of the stone that was in the ground is less weathered than the rest'.
|Decorations:||no other decoration|
|RCAHMS (1956):||HICIACIT | CARANTIF/IL[I] | CVPITIA/NI|
HIC IACIT CARANTINI FILI CUPITIANI
Here lies (of) Carantinus (PN) son of Cupitianus (PN).
RCAHMS/1956 89 reading only
|Thomas, C. (1992):||HICIACIT | CARANTI[F/IL/I] |CVPITI[A/N]I|
HIC IACIT CARANTI FILI CUPITIANI
Here lies (the body) of Carant(i)us (PN); of the son of Cupitianus (PN).
Thomas/1992a 3 reading only
|Position:||n/a ; broad ; undecorated ; undecorated|
RCAHMS/1956, 88: `cut'.
|Date:||400 - 533 (RCAHMS/1957)|
|Ling. Notes:||The spelling `iacit' reflects post-classical pronunciation. Both names are in the genitive case, and the word for `son' is spelt `fili'.|
|Palaeography:||Thomas/1992, 3: `Good regular capitals'.|
The text is clear.