The antiquities of Arran; with a historical sketch of the Island, embracing an account of the Sudreyjar under the Norsemen

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 Excerpt: ...cave. The initial cross is the symbol of an ecclesiastic. It appears from the Chronicon Mannise, that on the death of Bishop Michael in 1193, he was succeeded by a native of Argyll, called Nicholas. The coincidence of name and place of nativity is remarkable, and renders the supposition extremely probable that the pilgrim engraver of the cave was no other than Nicholas, the Bishop of Man The cliff adjoining the hermitage has been long remarkable for its carbuncle, but like the gem of the Ward Hill referred to by Sir Walter Scott, "though it gleam ruddy as a furnace to those that view it from beneath, it ever becomes invisible to him whose daring foot scales the precipices whence it darts its splendour." Wilson's Archeology, pp. 531, 532. CHAPTER IV. JHiScellaittotws'iftelu. Many valuable relics of the precious metals have been found in Arran, which might have proved of great importance in illustrating the prehistoric annals of the Island, but the late impolitic law of treasure-trove, by which all such articles became the property of the Crown, has invariably led to their concealment and destruction. The following account of a few of the metallic remains discovered in Arran is given from particulars gleaned from the finders themselves, or from the corroborative evidence of persons by whom they were examined. On the farm of Catacol, there was dug up, some years ago, from beneath a large stone, an urn or jar of unbaked clay, containing silver coins and a gold chain of the common linked pattern. The treasure was sold for a few pounds to a goldsmith in Ardrossan. Jars containing coins are also said to have been found in the caves of the Holy Island. A quantity of silver coins was discovered in one of the graves of the old burying-place in Glenashdale I...

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