|Discovery:||recognised, 1875 Cogle, R.|
|History:||Forsyth/1996, 206: `Three ogham-inscribed fragments were recovered from the vicinity of the churchyard of the ancient, long-disused church of Cunningburgh ... All three are now in the NMS. The first (NMS IB 114) [this stone] was found in the mid-1870s by Robert Cogle'.|
|Geology:||Forsyth/1996, 210: `Grey sandstone'.|
|Dimensions:||0.24 x 0.2 x 0.45 (Forsyth/1996)|
|Location:||National Museum Scotland|
Forsyth/1996, 206: `now in the NMS'.
Forsyth/1996, 209--210: `An irregular fragment of greyish sandstone...The fragment has been severely trimmed down, though the top edge may be intact'.
|Condition:||frgmntry , some|
Forsyth/1996, 210: `Very poor, fragmentary, heavily laminated'.
|Decorations:||no other decoration|
|Allen & Anderson. (1903):||E/IR|
Allen/Anderson/1903 16 reading only
|Forsyth, K.S. (1996):||--]I[H^D]R[U!][--|
Forsyth/1996 211 substantial discussion
|Position:||inc ; broad ; inc ; undecorated|
Forsyth/1996, 210: `...pocked and smoothed, the stem-line cut again on top of the cross-strokes'.
|Palaeography:||Forsyth/1996, 211-212: `The individual stokes are evenly carved and the letters spaciously arranged'.|
Character 3: `Two long strokes acros the stem angled at the mid-point to the right...bound at both ends. The lower bind-stroke clearly continues past the second stroke indicating that the letter originally contained at least three strokes, U, E or I...Angled vowels occur on Birsay I [BIRSY/1], Burrian [BURIN/1], Cunningsburgh 3 [CBURG/3], Formaston [FRMSN], Lunnasting [LTING], and possibly on Golspie [GOLPI]. It is not clear whether the contrast between `straight' and `angled' vowels is a purely stylistic variation in script, or whether it was intended to differentiate between vowel sounds. Since both appear in the same inscription, often along with further supplementary vowel letters, it may well be the latter'.
Forsyth/1996, 212: `Since so little survives, and from the middle of a possibly extensive text, it is difficult to extract linguistic information from this inscription'.