|Discovery:||in/on structure, 1802 Skinner, J.|
|History:||Skinner/1802, 42, identifies the stone as serving as the lintel of a window in a barn.|
Williams/1945, 24, notes that it is still acting as a lintel of barn window.
Miller/1979, 6, however, notes it as lost.
|Dimensions:||0.0 x 0.0 x 0.0 (Unknown)|
|Condition:||incomplete , poor|
|Decorations:||no other decoration|
|Radford, C.A.R. (1937):||M/AILIS|
Radford/1937b civ reading only
|Nash-Williams, V.E. (1950):||MAILIS|
(The stone of) Mail (?PN).
Of Mailis[-] (PN).
Edwards/1986 23 reading only
|Position:||inc ; broad ; n/a ; undecorated|
The inscription runs down the middle of the stone.
|Date:||400 - 533 (Nash-Williams/1950)|
Nash-Williams/1950, 55, dates this provsionally to the fifth or sixth century on palaeographical grounds.
400 - 499 (Jackson/1953)
Jackson/1953, 329 n.1: Lettering suggests 5th century
400 - 499 (Radford/1937b)
Dated from letter forms.
|Language:||name only (rcaps)|
|Ling. Notes:||The name appears to have a Latin genitive ending.|
|Palaeography:||Nash-Williams/1950, 55: `Roman capitals. 5th--6th century AD'.|
The inscription is in standard capitals. It has a ligatured M/A, the A of which has a flat cross-bar, an L with an oblique base-line under the following I, and a horizontal -I at the end. The vertical I's have no cross-bars and the S is upright.
Edwards/1986, 23, argues that the name is Irish.