MHG12474 - Findspot of symbol stone, Langdale


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Type and Period (2)

  • FINDSPOT (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)
  • INSCRIBED STONE (Pictish to Early Medieval - 300 AD to 1057 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NC64SE 23 69 44.

Part of an incised slab was found on Angus Gunn's farm at the foot of Langdale (NC 69 44 ) during trenching in 1905. The fragment measures 44 ins by 27 ins and is about 3 ins thick. The device, part of a concentric figure resembling the crescent symbol of the sculptured stones, is so clearly and artistically cut that sculptor must have used a sharp iron tool. When found the stone was standing upright on a dry ridge and was sunk so deeply into the ground that is upper end was about 16 ins below surface. At its base lay three rough boulders each weighing about 56 lbs.
A Mackay 1906.

Angus Gunn's son, Hugh, at Langdale, could not remember this slab being discovered, nor did he know its present whereabouts.
Visited by OS (J L D) 11 May 1960.

Class I symbol stone (lost) bearing a horseshoe.
A.Mack 1997 p.141

Langdale, Sutherland, Pictish symbol stone fragment
Measurements: H 1.12m, W 0.69m, D 0.08m
Stone type:
Place of discovery: NC c 6944
Present location: lost.
Evidence for discovery: found during digging at Langdale Farm, upright and with its top some 0.40m below ground surface.
Present condition:
Though thin, this must have been a tall slab, the top of which had broken off before the fragment was found. It bore part of an incised arch symbol decorated by arcs and a spiral.
Date: seventh century.
References: Mackay 1906; Fraser 2008, no 145.
Early Medieval Carved Stones Projects, A Ritchie 2016

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Grid reference Centred NC 6900 4400 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC64SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

Finds (1)

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

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