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Type of record:Monument
Name:Clach Ard


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Grid Reference:NG 4210 4908
Map Sheet:NG44NW
Civil Parish:SNIZORT
Geographical Area:SKYE AND LOCHALSH

Monument Types

Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 935: Clach Ard, symbol stone, Tote, Carbost

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG5141
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 11276
  • NMRS Record Details: NG44NW1 SKYE, TOTE, 'CLACH ARD'
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NG44NW0001

Full description

NG44NW 1 4210 4908.

(NG 4210 4908) Clach Ard (NAT) Clach Ard (NR)
OS 6" map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904); OS 1"map, 7th Series.

Clach Ard occupies a precarious position near the edge of a gravel pit and faces South. An irregular five-sided prism, it measures 4ft 5ins in height and 1ft 7ins across its S aspect. On this face three symbols are incised, the crescent and broken rod with floriated ends occupying the top, the spectacle ornament and zig-zag rod with ends also floriated placed longitudinally on the stone below it, and the mirror and comb symbol near the base. The symbols, with the exception of the mirror and comb, are fairly distinct, but the ornamentation of the discs of the spectacle ornament and crescent is nearly obliterated. It seems to have consisted of small circles with a round dot in the centre (RCAHMS 1928). Shown on distribution map and dated to 6-7th century by Curle (1940), but see Radford (1942) and Stevenson (1955) who criticize this paper. Stevenson is inclined to date these stones slightly later, i.e. 7-8th century.
RCAHMS 1928; C L Curle 1940; C R Radford 1942; R B K Stevenson 1955.

Clach Ard: Pictish symbol stone as described by RCAHMS. Until about 1880 Clach Ard was incorporated into a door jamb, or such like feature, of a shoemaker's house in Tote, and was associated witth a legend that it could never be kept in the house. About 1880 it was recognised as a symbol stone and erected at its present site. (Information from Mr Gillies, Tote, Skeabost)
Visited by OS (C F W) 11 April 1961.

Until 1880, this stone was used in a door-jamb of a house in Tote, where it was recognised as a symbol stone and removed to its present site near a gravel pit. Measuring 1.3m x 0.48m, it bears the crescent and V-rod, double disc and 2-rod and the mirror and comb symbols. Much of the incised decoration is much deteriorated.
Information from R Jones 1980.

Class I symbol stone showing a crescent and V-rod over a double-disc and Z-rod with a mirror-and-comb at the foot of the stone.
A.Mack 1997p.114
NG44NW 1 4210 4908.

P.S.S.1, Clach Ard, Tote, Skeabost (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG10178.

Macleod, F T, 1910, 'Notes of sculptured monumental slabs, an undescribed symbol stone, standing stones, brochs, and other antiquities in Skye', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 44 1909-10, p.373-89, 384-5 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1184.

RCAHMS, 1928, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Ninth report with inventory of monuments and constructions in the Outer Hebrides, Skye and the Small Isles, 205, No. 640; illust. (Text/Report). SHG2656.

Curle, C L, 1940, 'The chronology of the early christian monuments of Scotland', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 74 1939-40, p.60-117, 60-116 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1637.

Radford, C A R, 1942, 'The early christian monuments of Scotland', Antiquity Vol. 16 1942, p.1-18, 1-18 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1653.

Stevenson, R B K, 1955, Pictish art, 97-128 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG3185.

MacKie, E W, 1975, Scotland: an archaeological guide: from the earliest times to the twelfth century, 168 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2472.

Feachem, R W, 1977, Guide to prehistoric Scotland, 199 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2188.

Jackson, A, 1984, The symbol stones of Scotland: a social anthropological resolution to the problem of the Picts (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2357.

Ritchie and Harman, J N G and M, 1985, Exploring Scotland's heritage: Argyll and the Western Isles, 120, no. 52 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2708.

Ritchie, J N G, 1985, Pictish symbol stones: a handlist 1985, 12 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2712.

Mack, A, 1997, Field guide to the Pictish symbol stones, 114 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2456.

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