Just a couple of odd tomb stones that I can across on the Isle of Lismore, off the west coast of Scotland, The first is of called a Belvoir Angel, I have only ever seen these as upright headstones, so this was a first for me. I was really quite surprised to find one on Lismore. I have seen plenty in New England, US and several here in the Norfolk and Lincolnshire, so this one was a special find for me. I can only make out This stone is placed here by Arch Black Slate Quarrier, as to the rest of the words, I’m not really sure what they say. I couldn’t make out a date, but this particular ‘naive’ design of an almost childish moon-like face flanked by triangular winged faces are known locally as ‘Belvoir Angels’ and were intended to depict the soul of the deceased ascending to heaven and normally from the 17th & 18th century. ( I am not sure yet why they are called Belvoir, but I am sure I will find out 🙂
The second stone was in the Heritage Centre, as first I thought it was a copy, but its the real thing. I found it interesting as one of the ideas about the design is that it was brought back by a Crusader. So it is possible that this tomb slab, that was found in Lismore grave yard, was that of a Crusader…. just a thought. I have added a close up of the details, for one thing I just love to see Scottish Gaelic in its written form and also love to hear it.