Menkov Donyerth Ruw

King Doniert's Stone (Cornish: Menkov Donyerth Ruw), two pieces of a decorated 9th century high cross, located near St. Cleer, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.
King Doniert’s Stone (Cornish: Menkov Donyerth Ruw), two pieces of a decorated 9th century high cross, located near St. Cleer, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.

Dumgarth rex Cerniu [id est Cornubiæ] mersus est.

Dungarth king of Cernyw ‡that is of the Cornish‡ was drowned. Annales Cambriae, A.D. 875.

Description of King Doniert's Stone in John Norden's 1604 work, Speculi Britanniæ (published 1728).
Description of King Doniert’s Stone in John Norden’s 1604 work, Speculi Britanniæ (published 1728).

The site consists of the remains of two 9th-11th century granite cross-shaft fragments and an underground rock-cut passage that starts to the south-east of the crosses and terminates in a cross-shaped chamber beneath the two stones, thought to be either the remains of tin workings or a possible oratory.

King Doniert’s Stone stands about 4 feet 6 inches (1.37 metres) high, and is decorated on three of its faces with interlaced ornament of a style common throughout Britain. The upper end of the stone has a deep mortice in the top to take an upper shaft or cross head. The east face bears a weathered inscription which reads:

DONIERT ROGAVIT PRO ANIMA

Doniert has asked [for this to be made] for [the sake of his] soul

The southern cross-shaft fragment is taller, about 7 feet (2.1 metres) high, and one face has a panel of interlaced decoration.

Curator: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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