MHG11661 - Symbol Stone - Littleferry Links


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Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH89NW 2.3 814 965.

No. 3. A fragment of red sandstone, of irregular five-sided shape, found in 1872 near the same place. It measures 6ins in length, 6ins in width, and 2 1/2ins in thickness, and has sculptured on one face, with incised lines, two concentric circles and portions of three curved lines branching from the outer circle; probably forming the middle part of the mirror symbol or the double disc symbol.
RCAHMS 1911.

This stone (0.14m x 0.14m x 0.06m) is in Dunrobin Museum No. 12 ( 1872.4). May be part of No. 11 (ie. NH89NW 2.1).
Information from R Jones 1980.

Little Ferry Links 3, Sutherland, Pictish symbol stone fragment
Measurements: H 0.15m, W 0.15m, D 0.06m
Stone type: red sandstone
Place of discovery: NH 814966
Present location: Dunrobin Museum (ARC 544), Dunrobin Castle.
Evidence for discovery: a surface find made in 1872.
Present condition: broken but the carving is good.
This small fragment is deeply incised with an unusual design: two concentric circles with a central hollow and three curving lines radiating from the outer circle. This appears to be part of an ornate triple disc such as that on the stone from Keiss in Caithness.The depth of carving is similar to that on Little Ferry Links 1, but the slab as it survives is half the thickness of the latter.
Date: seventh century.
References: ECMS pt 3, 45, 47; Fraser 2008, no 146.3.
Compiled by A Ritchie 2016, Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

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Grid reference Centred NH 8140 9649 (6m by 6m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH89NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish GOLSPIE

Finds (1)

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

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