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Caithness Field Club Bulletin
A survey by Tim Blackie and Colin Macaulay

Reference Number: SSC/13

Name: Clach na Ciplich

Description: Cross-incised Slab

Present Location: Cnoc na Crois

ND 1057 3946

Original Location: as above

Other Documentation: BEAT P26
  IMCC No 149
  SINC p188
Dimensions: Length 4 feet
  Breadth 2 feet
  Width 3 inches

Notes: At a very remote site on the moorlands southwest of Thulachan lies the remnant of a cross-incised sandstone slab. A photograph from the early twentieth century shows three fragments of the stone at the site, but there now seems to remain only the largest of these (see IMCC No 149). The shaded portions on the accompanying sketch are missing. This sort of monument is very difficult to date with any confidence, but it certainty predates the sixteenth-century origin that local folk traditions give (see SINC p188).