[Inscribed cross-slab, Kilmalkedar]

Two sides of an upright stone with diverse inscribed symbols and characters, including the outline of a cross.
Kilmalkedar (Cill Maoilchéadair) is referred to in the text as Killmachedor. The Early Christian and Medieval ecclesiastical complex which the author describes lies at the foot of the western slopes of Reenconnell hill, overlooking Smerwick Harbour.
Archaeological Survey of Ireland, at http://webgis.archaeology.ie/NationalMonuments/FlexViewer/, record no. KE042-026009.

Image Details

Genre Scientific or Technical illustration
Technique Woodcuts
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites
Geographical Location
  • Kerry - County
  • Munster - Province
  • Kilmalkedar - Named locality - Church and churchyard. Spelling in Chatterton, Rambles: Killmachedor.
Keywords(s) Antiquities, Archaeological sites, Cemeteries, Crosses, Inscriptions, Sculpture, Stelae, Tombs & sepulchral monuments
Colour Monochrome
Published / created 1839

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Rambles in the South of Ireland
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy Vol. 1, p. 157
Source copy James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland Galway Special Collections: 914.190481 CHA
Rights James Hardiman Library

Related text from travel account

Another stone near the entrance of the church [at Kilmalkedar] is inscribed with unknown characters, which General Vallancey conjectures to be Phenician,* Egyptian, Pelasgic, and Ogham, and which are obviously not of the same description as the knotch-like marks, commonly called Ogham. I annex a copy of a sketch, which shows two sides of this remarkable stone.
* I would, however, observe that the characters appear to me to resemble, very closely, those on a brazen hand, which was exhibited, about eight or ten years ago, at the Antiquarian Society of London. It was considered to be an Irish reliquary of the 12th century, and has been engraved for publication in the "Vetusta Monumenta."
[p. 157] [Image: Inscribed cross-slab]
There is something altogether very remarkable in this assemblage of mysterious monuments; possibly the memorials of many generations of mankind, and of their different religions.
The Ogham Pillar, inscribed with the characters of a language perhaps now unknown; the huge cross, the rude and massive form of which belongs to the early days of Christianity; and the shapeless masses of stone, carry the mind back to remote ages, when mankind reared those mystic circles of stones, now called druidical! All these things combined in one spot, have an air of undisturbed antiquity, that is singularly impressive. [Vol. 1, p. 156-158]
Inscribed cross-slab, Kilmalkedar