Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1898
Funerary inscription of the priests Viventius, Mavorius (and Florentius?), Kirkmadrine (Britain), AD 450-500.
No. 205:
alpha omega
staurogram in a circle
hic iacent
s(an)c(t)i et prae
cipui sacer
dotes id es[t]
et Mavorius
No. 206:
staurogram in a circle
...s et
(Inscriptiones Britanniae Christianae: no. 205 and 206)
No. 205:
alpha omega
staurogram in a circle
Here lie the holy and distinguished priests, that is, Viventius and Mavorius.
No. 206:
staurogram in a circle
and Florentius.
(trans. J. Szafranowski)


There is no telling whether Viventius and Mavorius were presbyters or bishops (or a presbyter and a bishop), or if Florentius was at all ordained.
The name of Mavorius could be also read as Maiorius.

Place of event:

  • Britain and Ireland
  • Kirkmadrine

About the source:

Origin: Kirkmadrine (Britain and Ireland)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Those two inscriptions are found on the two of three hard-rounded blocks of whinstone which were used as gateposts in the walls of the burying ground in Kirkmadrine (also called Toskerton) in the parish of Stoneykirk (Wigtonshire, south-west Scotland). They are now preserved in porch of Old Kirk.
Ae. Hübner, Inscriptiones Britanniae Christianae, Berlin-London 1876, no. 205 and 206.
Trismegistos no. 168693 and 168694
Epigraphik Datenbank Clauss/Slaby no. EDCS-41600708 and no. EDCS-41800199
E. Diehl (ed.), Inscriptiones Latinae christianae veteres, vol. 1, Berlin 1924/1925, no. 1820 A.
A. C. Thomas, The Early Christian Inscriptions of Southern Scotland, "Glasgow Archaeological Journal" 17 (1991-1992), pp. 1-10.


Burial/Funerary inscription
Functions within the Church - Rural presbyter
Described by a title - Sacerdos/ἱερεύς
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1898,