Friday 10 March 2023

The Trystan or Tristan Stone Dating Back to the year 550.

The photo above may not appear that special on first glance but, like a lot of things in Cornwall, there is a story attached to the stone - and a possible link with King Arthur and the Round Table. Oh, and some say the stone possibly dates back to the year 550.

The stone is referred to as either the Trystan (Tristan) Stone or the Drustan Stone and is situated on the side of the road between Par and Fowey in Cornwall, where there is a small lay-by.

On the north side of the stone a raised 'T' shape can be seen. This is an old version of a Christian Cross known as a Tau. You might just be able to make out the 'T' in the photo above - obviously it has weathered somewhat over nearly 1500 years.
On the south side of the stone 6th century letters can be seen (above) - again well weathered but they translate as 'Trystan here lies of Cunomorus the son.'

Cunomorus was Marcus Cunomorus - King Mark of Cornwall in the love story of Tristan and Isolde.

I mentioned King Arthur. The connection is that Tristan (or Trystan) became one of the Knights of the Round Table.

As for the Tristan and Isolde story this is how one of the many versions goes:

Isolde married King Mark of Cornwall, but had an affair with Tristan. This continued even after her wedding. King Mark eventually found out about the naughty goings on but forgave his wife. Tristan, however, was exiled from Cornwall and he moved to the court of King Arthur.

Tristan later travelled to Brittany in France, where he met Iseult. He was said to be attracted to her because of the similarity of her name to that of Isolde. He did the honourable thing with Iseult and married her - but in his heart of hearts he continued to love Isolde - ahh!

Thanks for visiting my blog - a quick post as I haven't been able to get out and about much this week.
Good wishes ~ Mike.


  1. Like many of your posts you treat us to a legend too. Take care Mike. 😊

    1. Thanks David, all good wishes to you and yours.

  2. I'm glad you translated Mike, as I had mis-read it as 'Tyrone woz 'ere' ;) That story has more drama than the TV programme 'Married At First Site Australia' !

    Joking aside... what a beautiful stone. Amazing to think how old it could be x



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