How the Sun Dial probably looked when whole.
|and below -
HAWAR ETH; ME WROHTE BRAND PR[E]S[BYTERI]
and Haward made me------------and Brand the priest' .
A work by Mrs Margaret Scott Gatty, 1809 - 1873 gives the
following explanation of the Skelton stone:-
Part of the semicircle remains and 4 hour lines, two of
which, viz., midday and 2 p.m are crossed.
Apparently the dial had been divided into twelve hour spaces.
Below these lines there are portions of 4 lines of an inscription in
Old Norse or Danish, with part of a line
of runes down the side.
"The runes", writes Bishop Browne, "I read as DIEBEL OK, which Mr
Magnusson says is good Danish - of latish date - for 'devil and'.
He tells me that GRERA is part of the word 'to grow', and COMA is 'to
come'. The words 'devil and' may well be
a pious curse on creatures of that kind.
From the style of the inscription this stone appears to belong to the
early part of the twelfth century."
As a totally unqualified amateur, I think in the word that has been read as GRERA the Rs look like two different letters.