Invermay, Cross

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Site Type CROSS
Canmore ID 26605
Site Number NO01NE 8
NGR NO 0598 1664
Former Region TAYSIDE
Former County PERTHSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NO01NE 8 0598 1664

See also NO01NE 10.00.

(NO 0598 1664) Standing Stone, on Site of Sculptured Stone (NR)
OS 6" map, (1959)

Stone on remains of [NAT] Cross [NR]
OS 1:10,000 map, 1987.

A large stone 9 feet high standing inside the wall of Invermay demesne, erected c 1840 (ONB 1860) to replace one broken not long before 1770. Fragments in the churchyard at Forteviot (NO01NE 10) are probably part of it. The original pedestal which is between 2 and 3 feet square still stands and supports the modern stone.
In 1796 the old cross lay "broken over at the pedestal on which are many emblematical figures" (Statistical Account {OSA} 1796).
In 1891, three fragments of the destroyed cross were lying in the firwood, 1/4 mile north of the cross site (Long Plantation) (Allen and Anderson 1903).
OSA 1796; Name Book 1860; J Stuart 1856; J R Allen and J Anderson 1903.

There is nothing known locally of a connection between the stones at Forteviot Church (NO01NE 10.00) and this site. No trace could be found of the fragments in Long Plantation.
Visited by OS (J T T) 5 November 1965.

The three fragments of the destroyed cross are now in the porch of the church at Forteviot.
Information contained in letter from J Close-Brooks, National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS) to OS, 20 April 1978.

Books and References

Alcock and Alcock, L and E A (1993) 'Reconnaissance excavations on Early Historic fortifications and other royal sites in Scotland, 1974-84; A, Excavations and other fieldwork at Forteviot, Perthshire, 1981; B, Excavations at Urquhart Castle, Inverness-shire, 1983; C, Excavations at Dunnottar, Kincardineshire, 1984', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.122
Page(s): 238-42

Allen and Anderson, J R and J (1903) The early Christian monuments of Scotland: a classified illustrated descriptive list of the monuments with an analysis of their symbolism and ornamentation, Edinburgh
Page(s): pt 3, 327 Held at RCAHMS G.1.11.ALL

OSA (1791-9) The statistical account of Scotland, drawn up from the communications of the ministers of the different parishes, in Sinclair, J (Sir) Edinburgh
Page(s): Vol. 20, 125 Held at RCAHMS B.2.2.STA

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