MHG14745 - Thief's Stone, Rosskeen


Clach a' Mheirlich, or the "Thief's Stone", a Class I symbol stone, located near Invergordon.

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

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NH66NE 12 6810 6902.
Clach a' Mhearlich (NAT) OS 6" map, (1959)
Clach a' Mheirlich, or the "Thief's Stone" is a Class I (ie. Probably C7th -9th) symbol stone.
It is a sandstone pillar, 6ft x 1ft 6ins square, bearing on the front a 'step' symbol and on the left side what appears to be traces of a crescent symbol with, below, what could be either a pair of pincers or a 'tuning fork' symbol. Clach a' Mheirlich (ONB 1874).
Name Book 1874; J R Allen and J Anderson 1903. <1><2>

Clach a' Mheirlich is as described and illustrated by Allen (1903). Visited by OS (N K B) 23 March 1966.

Class I symbol stone. A step is carved on E face,with a crescent above a pair of pincers on S face
A.Mack 1997 p.118 <3>

Telephone call from D Scott. Possible additional symbols present - mirror and cauldron. <4>

Photographs received from D Scott. One shows the stone at night, where the crescent above a pair of pincers on the South face is readily apparent. <5>

Rosskeen, Ross and Cromarty, Pictish symbol stone
Measurements: H 1.83m, W 0.46m, D 0.46m
Stone type: sandstone
Place of discovery: NH 6810 6902
Present location: in situ in field.
Evidence for discovery: recognised as a symbol stone in the nineteenth century.
Present condition: weathered.
This is a substantial pillar stone with incised symbols on two adjacent faces: on one the step symbol and on the other there are traces of a crescent above a pair of pincers.
Date: seventh century.
References: ECMS pt 3, 61; Fraser 2008, no 127.
Medieval Carved Stones Project, A Ritchie 2017.

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Grid reference Centred NH 6810 6903 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH66NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish ROSSKEEN

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