Gaut's Cross - Kirk Andreas (St. Andrew) - Andreas, Isle of Man
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Mike_bjm
N 54° 21.847 W 004° 26.471
30U E 406360 N 6024991
Quick Description: Gaut's Cross is at the rear of St. Andrew in Andreas.
Location: Isle of Man
Date Posted: 9/10/2017 1:59:39 PM
Waymark Code: WMWJ7K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
This stone originally stood on the small green outside the Church where the War Memorial now stands and was used to tether horses and as a billboard for posters, for this reason it became heavily worn. In the 1880’s, it was brought inside the Church.

Both faces of the stone bear crosses surrounded by rings and filled with plaited and interlaced carvings.

The design follows the Scandinavian Borre style which dates the stone to between AD 950 to 1000.

The runic inscription along the edge is now unclear, but with the help of an earlier drawing the inscription has been deciphered to read '...this in memory of Ofeigr his father, but Gautr made it, son of Biarn from Kuli'. The first part of the inscription is lost but probably recorded the name of the person who raised the stone. This interpretation of the runes is slightly different to that which is displayed in the Church, see below.

On a nearby information board in the Church the following information is displayed:

Gaut’s Cross (No. 99)

This large cross-slab is badly weathered, but is interesting particularly because of its runic inscription (right), the surviving portion of which reads “(A.B, raised) this (cross) to the memory of Ofeig his father, but Gaut made (it), son of Bjorn from Coll”. Here the sculptor (Gaut) has signed his work, as he has on a cross-slab at Kirk Michael, where the inscription tells us he had “made it and all in Man”, showing him to have been the first of the Norse sculptors working in the Isle of Man. This inscription at Andreas shows he was the son of a Hebridean Norseman from the Island of Coll.

Source: A Guide To The Archaeological Sites of the Isle of Man Up To AD 1550 by Andrew Johnson and Allison Fox (ISBN 978-0-9554043-5-1)
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