|St. Clydau's Latin/Ogham Stone I (The Dobitucus Stone)
|The Dobitucus Stone
The inscription reads DOBITUCI FILIUS EVOLENG, translated as Dobitucus son
of Evolengus. The name Dobitucus partially repeats in ogham script.
The date is speculated to late 5th early 6th century, so he was contemporary of St.
Clydai. The stone was extensively re-worked in the 7th-8th centuries by the addition
of a Maltese Ring Cross in an Irish style, added such that the original inscription
was partly defaced and what remained of it would have been underground when the
stone was erected. The re-working is argued as iconoclastic by Gareth Longden but
given the likely origin of all three stones was as property markers and thus the
stones redundancy in that role a century and a half later, it might just be an
example of re-use. The argument against such a prosaic interpretation is that the
sculptor chose to partially de-face the inscription instead of just using the blank
rear face of the stone.
What it would not be is the suggested Christianising of a pagan stone. What is
known of Solinus who predates Dobitucus by at least a generation, suggests that the
area was Christian at the time. The Cross on this stone belongs to Celtic, or Ionian
Christianity. Richard Rolt Brash saw this stone in 1874 on display at Dugoed Farm
and was moved to the church in 1925 where V E Nash-Williams drew the three
stones in 1950.
Inside church, standing against West wall of nave.