This 20-page booklet, published in 1999, is a good introductory guide to the early medieval sculpture at Govan Old Parish Church. Written by eminent archaeologist Anna Ritchie, it has drawings and photographs of the principal stones with concise descriptions of their carvings. The illustrations are of the highest standard and include definitive images produced for Historic Scotland by photographer Tom Gray and artist Ian G Scott.
The front cover shows Dumbarton Castle Rock with its distinctive twin-peaked summit. Like Govan, Dumbarton was a major centre of power in the kingdom of the Clyde Britons, functioning as a royal ‘capital’ for hundreds of years before being sacked by Vikings in 870. Govan rose to prominence in the ensuing period, attaining special status as a place of worship and burial for the elite families of the kingdom.
I recommend this booklet as an excellent introduction to the Govan stones and their historical context. It’s available direct from the Pinkfoot Press in Brechin (email below).
Title: Govan and its carved stones
Author: Anna Ritchie
Date of publication: 1999
Publisher: Pinkfoot Press email@example.com