"Ari raised stone over Hjälm his father. God help his spirit. "
Almost a thousand years ago, Ari, who lived on Ramsjö farm, decided to have a runestone erected in memory of his father Hjälm. He gave the assignment to rune engraver Erik who had made a big name for himself in Fjädrundaland (Fjärdhundraland). Erik, for example, is the author of a runestone that is next to Forsby kvarn and on a farm a little further south two twin stones stand opposite each other.
However, this stone had a slightly different fate.
It stood in peace for a long time but exactly where we do not know. At some time in the 17th or 18th century, however, the then landlord on Ramsjö farm seems to have moved it to the courtyard next to the yellow big house which is now on the spot.
One of Gustav III's closest men, George Seton, lived in the 18th century with his son Alexander on Ekolsund's castle. At some point Alexander was in the neighborhoods around Morgongåva and got a view of the rune stone with the big cross. The reason is not clear, but in 1787 Alexander Seton transported the stone across the North Sea to Edinburgh in Scotland. Maybe he wanted to impress people in his old homeland? The stone has since stood under the castle wall in Edinburgh and over time been almost completely forgotten.
The association Morgongåva Viking friends, however, thought that the stone belonged to Morgongåva and hired a rister and historical expert, Kalle Runristare from Adelsö, to arrange this. Kalle went to Edinburgh to study the stone in detail, and at home in Sweden he ordered a granite block of 1.2 tonnes and began to create an exact copy.
With pomp and circumstance, the stone was erected on September 20, 2014 in the small park next to the railway in Morgongåva. The park has also been restored with new gravel paths, benches and discounts, which means that the stone can be seen in a welcoming environment.