MHG10794 - Symbol Stone, Clynekirkton Churchyard


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Type and Period (1)

  • INSCRIBED STONE (Pictish to Early Medieval - 300 AD to 1057 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

See also:
NC80NE0079 Clynekirkton Graveyard
NC80NE0013 Clynekirkton Belfry
NC80NE0017 Clynekirkton Church and Burial Ground
NC80NE0024 Clynekirkton Churchyard symbol stone
NC80NE0026 Clynekirkton Churchyard cross slab
NC80NE0040 Clynekirkton Manse
JHooper, 27/11/2002
NC80NE 17.2 8946 0607.

No. 2. Found in 1868 by Dr Lawson Tait in Clyne churchyard, it is said to have been taken from the 300 feet terrace on Clyne Milton Farm (NC 915 068) and was removed to Dunrobin Museum in 1869 (1869.8). It is made of purplish, flaggy, medium grained sandstone and measures 1.24m long by 0.43m wide by 0.06m thick. It bears the rectangular, crescent and V-rod and mirror symbols.
Infomation from R Jones 1980.

Clynekirkton 2 (St Aloyne?), Sutherland, Pictish symbol stone
Measurements: H 1.22m, W 0.43m, D 0.06m
Stone type: sandstone
Place of discovery: NC 8945 0607
Present location: Dunrobin Museum (ARC 537), Dunrobin Castle.
Evidence for discovery: found in Clyne kirkyard in 1868 and taken to Dunrobin Museum in 1869.
Present condition: the edges of the slab are both broken and trimmed, and there is severe flaking to the upper symbol.
One broad face of the slab bears the remains of three incised symbols. The uppermost is an unusually large and ornate rectangle, set immediately above but not touching a crescent and V-rod, and close below the crescent a mirror symbol. The decoration of all three symbols makes extensive use of fine parallel line infilling, and the rectangle and crescent and V-rod both display arcs and spirals.
Date: seventh century.
References: ECMS pt3, 38-9: Fraser 2008, no 135.2.
Compiled by A Ritchie 2016, Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

The symbol stone was catalogued during an inventory of Dunrobin Castle Museum's collection in 2019 by ARCH. Listed under Acc. No. 1869.8. It was on display on the lower floor. See attached photo taken by C. Ferne. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NC 8945 0607 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC80NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish CLYNE

Finds (1)

  • SYMBOL STONE (Pictish - 300 AD to 900 AD)

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