MHG10766 - Symbol Stone, Kirtomy


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Type and Period (1)

  • INSCRIBED STONE? (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NC76SW 17 74 63.

A Class 1 symbol stone - 'a stone with a serpent on it' - previously unrecorded, is reported by Miss MacGregor, sister of the minister of Farr, who says 'The stone has, I think, been built into wall of a barn at Kirtomy (NC 74 63) from whence it could not be taken without trouble and expense. There is a man in Kirtomy named George MacKay who thinks he knows where stone is to be found. I have never seen it.' In spite of the last statement Miss MacGregor made a sketch of stone and sent it to Rev Dr Joass of Golspie.
J Anderson and J R Allen 1903; Info contained in letter from
Miss MacGregor to J R Allen, 17 December 1890.

The stone was not located during field investigation.
Visited by OS (J L D) 28 April 1960.

Previous field report confirmed.
Visited by OS (R L) 7 July 1971.

Class I symbol stone.
A Mack, 1997

Kirtomy, Sutherland, Pictish symbol stone
Stone type:
Place of discovery: NC 743635
Present location: lost.
Evidence for discovery: sometime before 1890, a stone bearing the carving of a serpent was built into the wall of a barn at Kirtomy. The face with the serpent is presumably within the wall, as several searches have failed to find it.
Present condition:
No details are known other than that it was carved with a serpent.
References: ECMS pt 3, 45; Fraser 2008, no 144.
Early Medieval Carved Stones Project, Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

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Grid reference Centred NC 7400 6300 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC76SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

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