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Kilturra Cross Slab
 

County

Sligo

Coordinates

N 54° 01' 37.0"   W 008° 36' 15.6"

Nearest town

Gorteen

Grid Ref.

G 60447 08797

Map No.

32

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

70

Date of visit

Thursday 5 June 2014

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The barrow on the the west bank of the stream.


In a field behind a farm there's a round barrow surrounded by a ditch next to a stream. On the southeast (120°) side of the barrow there are a holy well with a cross-inscribed stone, a cross slab, a memorial slab and a holed stone.
All these four stones are arranged in a semicircle around the well that is just an inlet cut into the stream bank which is also the east side of the barrow.
The inscribed cross is carved into a circle on the upper part of the round-headed stone, and has eight short vertical lines going upwards from its crossbar. There are two small and symmetrical cupmarks high on the carved cross. The stone is 45 centimetres high and 26 centimetres wide at the head. It leans towards southeast by 13°.
The memorial stones reads that it was erected by John Ormsby of Kilturra, who was the firtst recorded land-owner in fee of this lands, to commemorate the coming of his grandfather to reside here under lease. I wonder if this Ormsby is from the same family which had the graveyard at Ballinamore.
The holed stone is said to have been used in the past as a place for agreements during contracts by holding hands through the hole.
A second cross slab at the north end of the semicircular arrangement has a cross of the Order of Christ carved in bas-relief.


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