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

Reference Number: SSC/14

Name: St. John's Chapel

Description: Cross-incised Slab

Present Location:
Norselands Viking Centre, Nybster

Original Location: St John's Chapel,
  St John's Point
  ND 3107 7508

Other Documentation: PSAS lvi p66

Dimensions: Length 2 feet 10 inches
  Breadth up to 1 foot 11 inches
  Width 2 inches

Notes: In the summer of 1919, John Nicolson carried out excavations on the site of a ruined chapel about a mile east of the Castle of Mey. Inside of a doorway in the western side of the building he found a slab-lined grave, two of the slabs bearing evidence of sculpture. This stone was found at the end of the grave, and shows a plain incised cross, with semicircular hollows in the angles and tapering ends on the base and arms, all enclosed within a rectangular panel. The other slab was a fragment measuring 1 foot 8 inches across at its widest, and showed an oblong panel bordered by two parallel lines. The circumstances in which these finds were made suggests that the stones were being re-used, but it is difficult to date them with any real confidence.