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Iuan Priest's Stone

Period: Late Medieval

NGR Easting: 243275

NGR Northing: 489460

Description: This rough and broken slab was found at Keeill Woirrey (PRN 0619) high in Cornaa in 1889. A rough and broken piece bearing an inscription in runes invoking Christ and three great Celtic Saints, 'Christ, Malachi and Patrick (and) Adamnan....Iuan is priest in Cornadale.'

The mention of Malachy, presumably the bishop of Armagh who died in 1148, suggests that the stone must date after this. Mention of Malachy has aroused suspicions amongst some that this stone (and perhaps also Manx Cross 145) may be the work of a Victorian antiquary with a keen interest in runes and ogham scripts.

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Site & Monument Type: inscribed stone

Category: National Monuments Record: Statutory Ancient Monuments

Site ID number: Manx Cross 144

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