Fragment of a cross

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From Lethnott, Angus

Postcard of Fragment of a cross.
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Fragment of a cross

This fragment of a sandstone cross was found at Lethnott in Angus. It dates from between 800 and 900.

This side of the fragment has an incomplete Latin inscription, carved in a Hiberno-Saxon script, reading '...filii Medicii...'. This translates as '...the son of Medicius...'.

Latin was brought to Scotland by the Christian church. Latin inscriptions were carved on some stones and the occasional object in this period. Most people, however, were illiterate.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-486-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 132
Date: Between 800 and 900
Material: Sandstone; double spiral and interlaced ornament carved on one side, inscription on other
Dimensions: 190 mm H x 50 mm L x 110 mm W
What: Cross / fragment
Where: Scotland, Angus, Lethnott
Description: Fragment of a sandstone cross carved on one side with a double spiral and interlaced ornament and inscribed on the other with Hiberno-Saxon lettering, from Lethnott, Angus
  • Allen, J.R. and Anderson, J. The early Christian Monuments of Scotland. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1903, pp 262-3. 
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