|Discovery:||in/on structure, 1827 builders|
|History:||Macalister/1949, 107: `found about 1820 in excavating for the foundations of Lismore Cathedral tower, and for a time lay loose on the nave floor'.|
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 336: `The stone may have been found around 1827 ... However Cotton stated that, on taking up the office of Dean of Lismore in 1834, the sexton showed him stones 2 and 3 which were acting as modern headstones in the graveyard ... They were still in the cemetery in 1841 when they were drawn there by Armstrong .. Cotton placed the stones inside the cathedral for safety, where this stone was seen and drawn by Windele in July 1849 ... Stones 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 have been fastened to the cathedral wall since some time before 1912'.
|Geology:||Macalister/1949, 108: `Smooth compact limestone resembling slate'.|
|Dimensions:||0.54 x 0.41 x 0.02 (Okasha/Forsyth/2001)|
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 336: `The stone is fastened to the west interior wall of the cathedral nave'.
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 337: `The stone is a natural slab ... In shape it is an irregular wedge'.
|Condition:||complete , good|
|Crosses:||1: latin; linear; straight; expanded; plain; none; inner curv; tenon; n/a|
Macalister/1949, 108: `a cross in a circle, fitchée, with expanding ends to the three upper terminals'.
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 337: `a linear ringed cross, with expansions at the tope three terminals and a point at the end of the shaft'.
|Macalister, R.A.S. (1949):||SUIBNE:M~ | CONHUIDIR|
SUIBNE MAC CONHUIDIR
Macalister/1949 108, Plate XLIV reading only
|Okasha and Forsyth (1998):||SUIBNE:M~: | CONHUIDIR|
SUIBNE . MAC . CONHUIDIR
Suibne (PN) son of Condor (PN).
Okasha/Forsyth/2001 337 reading only
|Position:||n/a ; broad ; above cross ; undivided|
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 337: `The text is complete and is set in two horizontal lines at the top of the face. Beaneath it is incised a linear ringed cross'.
|Date:||800 - 899 (Okasha/Forsyth/2001)|
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 351: `may date from the ninth century'.
|Ling. Notes:||Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 337: `There is no request for a prayer or blessing, simply the man's name and patronymic. A bar above the M marks the abbreviation of mac'.|
|Palaeography:||Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 337: `The text ... uses half-uncial script'.|
CISP: Insular half-uncial with a large initial S followed by smaller letters. The B and D are open-bowed, the second U has an extended descender. The E has an extended horizontal stroke. Punctuation in the form of a stop separates Suibne from m(ac). The M of m(ac) has a contraction mark above it. This is one of few inscriptions where the ascender of the D is vertical. Abbreviation mark above the M.
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 337: `The text is legible'.