Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ruiasg Buidhe Cross

Standing next to Tobar Oran, St Oran's Well, in the grounds of Colonsay House is the 7th or 8th century Riasg Buidhe cross. It has two other names; the Oran Stone, and Dealbh na Leisg (the image of laziness). The stone was taken from a burial ground in Riasg Buidhe village, two kilometres SE of Colonsay House, and is one of the most interesting cross stones in the islands. The praying monk depicted on it is part man, part fish. At the following links you will find more info on this remarkable stone: Canmore and Proceedings of Scottish Antiquaries. Page 121 of the second link has a wonderful illustration of the stone.

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