MHG14745 - Thief's Stone, Rosskeen


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

Type and Period (1)

  • 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>

RCAHMS, 1979, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Easter Ross, Ross and Cromarty District, Highland Region, 25, No. 212 (Text/Report). SHG2670.

Jackson, A, 1984, The symbol stones of Scotland: a social anthropological resolution to the problem of the Picts (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2357.

Ritchie, J N G, 1985, Pictish symbol stones: a handlist 1985, 13 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2712.

<1> Name Book (County), Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 2, 91 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG3350.

<2> Allen and Anderson, J R and J, 1903, The early Christian monuments of Scotland: a classified illustrated descriptive list of the monuments with an analysis of their symbolism and ornamentation, pt. 3, 61; illust (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG1883.

<3> Mack, A, 1997, Field guide to the Pictish symbol stones, 118 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2456.

<4> Scott, D, 2000-2010, Comments by Douglas Scott, 2002 (Verbal Communication). SHG24546.

<5> Scott, D, 2010-11, Photographs and information from Douglas Scott (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG25031.

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

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