Hunter, Fraser and Hunter, J (2017) St Patrick’s footprint – an early Medieval royal inauguration site at Portpatrick? Transactions of the Dumfriesshire Natural History and Antiquarian Society, 91. pp. 49-72. ISSN 0141-1292

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A rock-cut footprint linked in tradition to St Patrick was recorded and destroyed during harbour works at Portpatrick (Wigtownshire) in the early nineteenth century. This paper argues it was an early Medieval royal inauguration site, based on wider Scottish and Irish parallels. The footprint's setting, on a rock in a harbour, created a natural amphitheatre with a backdrop of the Irish coast which may well have been a key element of the tradition. James Fraser's analysis of early Medieval sources for Portpatrick and the wider context of such stones suggests a ninth-century Hiberno-Norse (Gall-Gaidhel) context is possible.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Scottish History and Archaeology (from 2012)
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2019 15:20
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2019 12:08

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