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From Aldbar Castle, Angus

Postcard of Grave-slab.
© National Museums Scotland


This small medieval grave-slab, probably for a child, was formerly in the chapel at Aldbar Castle in Angus. It dates from the 13th century.

The slab is engraved with the Calvary Cross and a knight's sword. The sword is a sign of rank and also represents the soldiers of Christ.

In medieval times, only the privileged and powerful were buried inside a church. Others were normally buried in a church graveyard, unless they were suicides or excommunicated from the Church.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-929-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  Q.L.1965.19
Date: 13th century
Material: Stone
Dimensions: 738 mm L x 317 mm W max x 185 mm D
What: Tombstone
Where: Scotland, Angus, Aldbar Castle
Description: Small medieval tombstone incised with the Calvary Cross and a knight's sword, formerly in the chapel at Aldbar Castle, Angus, 13th century
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