MHG14349 - Pictish Symbol Stone Fragment - Finlarig


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Type and Period (1)

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

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NH92NE 3 9911 2538.

A ruined chapel exists at Finlarig, near the old Castle of Muckrach. It is in a circular enclosure, formed by a ditch and a wall, about 85' in diameter. A fragment of a Pictish symbol stone was turned up towards the W side of this enclosure, where an ancient font was also found. The symbol stone, now in the N M A S (Acc No: IB 11) is a rectangular slab of mica schist, 3'6" x 1'5" x 2'6", incised with symbols on one face
J Stuart 1867; J R Allen and J Anderson 1903.

The ruined chapel, reduced to turf-covered footings about 0.3m high, is rectangular on plan, measuring c. 10.5m E-W by 5.5m, and is situated within a small near-circular enclosure as described above, presumably the graveyard. The exact find-spot of the symbol stone could not be ascertained.
Surveyed at 1:2500 scale.
Visited by OS (R L) 16 September 1966.

The fragment measuring 1.15m x 0.43m x 0.09m, is obviously part of a larger symbol stone. The face is incised with the remains of a crescent and V-rod symbol. Above this is the bottom of a Z-rod symbol possibly intersecting a rectangle. In the RMS (NMAS) IB 11.
Information from R Jones 1980.

Class I symbol stone bearing a divided rectangle and Z-rod above a crescent and V-rod.
A.Mack 1997 p.32

Findlarig, Moray, Pictish symbol stone fragment
Measurements: H 1.09m, W 0.43m, D 0.06m
Stone type: mica schist
Place of discovery: NH c 9909 2538
Present location: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh (X.IB.11).
Evidence for discovery: found sometime prior to 1865 during digging on the west side of the circular enclosure round an early chapel.
Present condition: broken and worn.
This fragment comes from the left-hand side of a symbol stone, incised with parts of a rectangle and Z-rod above a crescent and V-rod.
Date: seventh century
References: ECMS pt 3, 101; Fraser 2008, no 92.
Early Medieval Carved Stones Project, Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2018.

Add to bibliography:
Fraser, Iain 2008. The Pictish Symbol Stones of Scotland no. 92 <1>

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Grid reference Centred NH 9910 2538 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH92NE

Finds (1)

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

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