|Discovery:||recognised, 1931 inc|
|History:||Macalister/1945, 484: `Discovered in an excavation, and now in the National Museum, Edinburgh'.|
Forsyth/1996, 443: `Following the RCAHMS's visit to the site in April 1928, the landowner, Sir Ian Malcolm of Poltalloch, decided to carry out a more extensive investigation. That summer J. Hewat Craw excavated a number of cists and the earth bank which cut off the tip of the promontory. Returning to the site in 1931 he discovered an ogham fragment `lying on the ground close to the position of these graves'. In his opinion, there could be `little doubt that it has been broken at some recent time from a slab of one of the graves'.
|Geology:||Forsyth/1996, 448: `Sandstone'.|
|Dimensions:||2.54 x 0.82 x 0.57 (Forsyth/1996)|
|Location:||National Museums of Scotland (Cat: Cat. No. HPO 470)|
Forsyth/1996, 443: `The stone is part of the Poltalloch Collection on loan in the National Museums of Scotland and is currently on display in the Queen Street Antiquities Museum (Cat. No. HPO 470).'
Forsyth/1996, 448: `A small pillar-like fragment'.
|Condition:||frgmntry , some|
Forsyth/1996, 448: `badly worn in places ... fragmentary, numerous chips lost
|Decorations:||no other decoration|
|Macalister, R.A.S. (1945):||CRON[A]N|
Macalister/1945 484--485 reading only
|Forsyth, K.S. (1996):||--]CRON[-][N][--
|Position:||inc ; arris ; inc ; undivided|
Forsyth/1996, 448: `The ogham letters are carved along the arris of the slab'.
Forsyth/1996, 448: `very fine, sharp strokes'.
|Language:||name only (ogham)|
|Palaeography:||Forsyth/1996, 449: `Strokes of the b- and h-aicmiare perpendicular to the stem, the m-aicme strokes slope well forward, but occupy no more than the middle two-thirds of the ogham band. Strokes are evenly spaced within letters, though some groups are more cramped than others. As far as can be judged from the extant section there is extra spacing between letters. The strokes are long and thin and closely packed, thus the letter profile is noticeably elongated, in contrast to other Type Ia oghams in Scotland'.|
Forsyth/1996, 448: `carving generally clear'.