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Type of record:Monument
Name:Eagle Stone, Strathpeffer


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Grid Reference:NH 4848 5851
Map Sheet:NH45NE
Civil Parish:FODDERTY
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY

Monument Types

  • MOUND (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1676: Clach an Tiompain, symbol stone

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG6294
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 12458
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NH45NE0006

Full description

The stone stands on a small mound that appears (from erosion patches) to made up of smallish stones. It has been fenced close to the stone and mound reinforcing the impression that the mound is circular, but it is probable that this is deceptive and the raised area extends downhill to the E. The mound and stone lie on rising ground (to W) but with spectacular views to the E down the Strathpeffer Valley. The carved designs are on this eastern side. HAW 02/2005

Notes and photo sent in by M & M McGuire September 2003 for Highland Archaeology Challenge. See Assoc.Docs
JW 27.10.03

NMRS Notes:
NH45NE 6 4849 5852.
(NH 4848 5851) Clach an Tiompain (NAT) OS 6"map, Ross-shire, 1st ed., (1875)

This symbol stone, which is called locally 'Clachan Tiumpan' is a slab of contorted blue gneiss, roughly rectangular, but with right hand top corner broken away, 2 ft 8 ins high x 2 ft wide and 10 ins thick, sculptured with incised lines on one face with horseshoe symbol, and under it the bird symbol.
J R Allen 1903

This stone stands on a small tumulus. Name Book 1875

Clach an Tiompain (NAT) Symbol Stone (NR) OS 25"map, (1967)

Clach an Tiompain, a symbol stone as described.
Surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 30 July 1981

No change. Visited by RCAMS (JRS) March 1989.

Class I symbol stone bearing on SE face a horseshoe above an eagle.
A.Mack 1997 p.120

Eagle Stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG8031.

Eagle Stone. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG13446.

Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG8032.

Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG8122.

Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG3825.

Stuart, J, 1856, Sculptured stones of Scotland, 33; pl. 108 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG350.

Allen and Anderson, J R and J, 1903, The early Christian monuments of Scotland: a classified illustrated descriptive list of the monuments with an analysis of their symbolism and ornamentation, pt.3, 59-61; illust. (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG1883.

MacKie, E W, 1975, Scotland: an archaeological guide: from the earliest times to the twelfth century, 212 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2472.

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

Close-Brooks, J, 1986, Exploring Scotland's Heritage: The Highlands, 129, No. 64 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2053.

Mack, A, 1997, Field guide to the Pictish symbol stones, 120 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2456.

Related Monument/Building records

MHG43542Parent of: Eagle Stone, Strathpeffer (Monument)

Related Investigations - none

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