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ID:MHG8539
Type of record:Monument
Name:The Shandwick Stone
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Reports

Interim fieldwork report  © Highland Council (File size: 1559 KB)
Grid Reference:NH 8554 7471
Map Sheet:NH87SE
Civil Parish:NIGG
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY

Monument Types

  • CROSS SLAB (Pictish to Early Medieval - 300 AD to 1057 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1674: Clach a' Charridh, cross slab (Shandwick Stone)

Scores

  • Survival: VISIBLE FEATURE (>1M (undated)

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG8539
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 15278
  • NMRS Record Details: NH87SE4 SHANDWICK STONE
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NH87SE0004

Full description

NMRS Notes: NH87SE 4 8555 7471.
Clach A' Charridh (NR) (Sculptured Stone)
OS 6"map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1907)

This symbol stone stands in field on hillside sloping towards sea above S side of village of Shandwick, where burials took place in former times. Blown down c1846 and broken into 2 pieces it has since been repaired and re-erected on a circular stepped base which conceals some of sculpture at bottom.
It is an upright rectangular cross-slab c.9ft high by 3ft 3ins with sculptured relief on two faces. <1>

As described. Visited by OS (I S S) 29 August 1972.

This symbol stone now lies within a steel framed glass case which is surrounded by a fence to protect stone from further erosion.
Visited by RCAHMS (DE) January 1997

Class II symbol stone showing a cross on E face. On reverse is seen a double-disc in a panel above an elephant,which is itself over a panel showing fighting swordsmen and a crossbowman. <2>

Photos - HAW 11/2003 <3>

RCAHMS gazetteer entry (with photo of reverse side) reads: " ‘Clach a’Charridh’. A sandstone slab, this bears on one face a cross, decorated with spiral work, against a background of angels, beast and panels of interlace. On the reverse it bears a double-disc, a ‘beast’, a hunting scene, and panels of spiral-work and interlace." <4>


Shandwick, Clach a Charridh, Pictish stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG8506.


Shandwick, Pictish stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG8504.


Stuart, J, 1856, Sculptured stones of Scotland, 10; pls. 16, 17 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG350.


RCAHMS, 1979, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Easter Ross, Ross and Cromarty District, Highland Region, 28, No. 236 (Text/Report). SHG2670.


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


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


Close-Brooks, J, 1986, Exploring Scotland's Heritage: The Highlands, 126, No. 61 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2053.


Alcock, E A, 1991, 'Pictish stones class I: where and how?', Glasgow Archaeol J Vol. 15 1988-89, p.1-21, 19 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1348.


<1> 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, 68-73 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG1883.


<2> Mack, A, 1997, Field guide to the Pictish symbol stones, p 119 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2456.


<3> White, H, Comment by Hilary White, HC Archaeologist, 11/2003 (Verbal Communication). SHG23635.


<4> RCAHMS, 1999, Pictish Symbol Stones - An Illustrated Gazetteer, 141 (Text/Publication). SHG22895.

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