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Orkney Museum (Tankerness House), Kirkwall, Orkney, (see also: Kirkwall, Site of St Ola's Church)

(58°58′50″N, 2°57′43″W)
HY 448 108
pre-1975 traditional (Scotland) Orkney
now Orkney Islands
  • James King
29 Sept 2011

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Feature Sets

Museum on the Orkney Isles has fragments from St Ola's church, Kirkwall (destroyed, no traces remaining on its former site), St Magnus Cathedral, and more.


See the CRSBI entry for the site of St Ola's church, Kirkwall for the history of the church.





Lang suggested an 11thc date for the grave cover fragment and the historical documentation seems to suggest a date probably no earlier than the mid-11thc. A date as late as the early 12thc is also a possibility.


J. Lang, ‘Hogback Monuments in Scotland’, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 105 (Edinburgh, 1976), 206-235.

D. MacGibbon and T. Ross, The Ecclesiastical Architecture of Scotland, Vol. 1, Edinburgh 1896, 109-13.

J. MacKinlay, Ancient Church Dedications in Scotland, Edinburgh 1914, 290-99.

The Orkneyinga Saga, ed. J. Anderson, Edinburgh 1873.

Royal Commission of Historical Monuments Scotland, Inventory of Monuments - Orkney, Vol. 2, Edinburgh 1946, 141-42.

A. Ritchie, Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Orkney, Edinburgh 1996, 106 no. 45.