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Cross slab, Farr Graveyard

A Scheduled Monument in North, West and Central Sutherland, Highland

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Latitude: 58.5294 / 58°31'45"N

Longitude: -4.2097 / 4°12'35"W

OS Eastings: 271427

OS Northings: 962259

OS Grid: NC714622

Mapcode National: GBR H6Z5.VST

Mapcode Global: WH498.9WM5

Entry Name: Cross slab, Farr Graveyard

Scheduled Date: 31 December 1925

Last Amended: 12 April 2023

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1889

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: cross slab

Location: Farr

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument comprises a cross slab dating to the Early Medieval period (AD 400 – 1000). The monument is located in Farr Churchyard. 

The monument consists of a large upright stone slab of blue schistose slate measuring 2.29m high by 0.62m wide and 0.23m thick. The eastern face is carved in relief and displays a ringed cross on a D-shaped pedestal. Decoration includes a raised boss with triple spiral; key patterns; interlace and two birds with necks entwined. The western face is uncarved and the base of the slab is below ground.     

The scheduled area is a circle 8m in diameter. It includes the remains described above and an area around within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment is expected to survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map. The top 300mm of the path and all active burial lairs are specifically excluded from the scheduled area. 

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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