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Runic Inscriptions

24 25 This rare Norse Christian gravestone was chanced upon in the old burial ground of the ruined church of Kilbarr on the remote island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides in 1865. It is displayed at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. The stone is over six feet in length and through its runes is dated to the early eleventh century although their form on this inscription suggests the ninth century. This inscription is part of the first group of Norse runes to appear in Scotland, if not the oldest example. The front depicts a cross filled with flowing interlace formed from four bands. Decorative key patterns and Sscrolls are detailed outside. The Old Norse inscription is set in two lines running vertically down the back of the stone and bears the following passage the KIlBAr stone Vikings in the western isles thkirthu stinar .....r is krus sia r..str eptir thorgerdu Steinars dottur es kross sja reistr After Thorgerth, Steinars daughter, this cross is raised.
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