Ogam Stone

(Ogham Stone)

A slender four-sided granite pillar, protected by railings, lying on a rise just to the northwest of St. Catan's Chapel on the island of Gigha (Argyll and Bute), the Ogam or Ogham Stone measures 1.7m (5½ feet) in height and around 25cm (10 inches) square. It was once taller, but was broken when it fell c.1845 and then was re-erected a short distance from its original site when it was knocked over again c.1865. The stone dates from around the 7th C. Located on the northwest edge of the stone, the Ogam inscription is unclear and has been the subject of debate, but may say "the son of Coiceile" in the Irish form.

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