MHG3345 - Findspot of symbol stone, Balblair


Class I symbol stone bearing a triple oval over a crescent and V-rod, found during garden digging. Now in Inverness Museum.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH54NW 16 5101 4528.

This stone now in Inverness Museum (1980.114) was found in a garden at Wester Balblair, Beauly in 1969; a sandstone slab, it bears the triple oval symbol and a crecent and V-rod. (Inverness Museum, see NH64NE138.3)
A D Cameron 1969; RCAHMS 1979 and 1985. <1>-<4>

The findspot, at NH 5105 4538, was indicated by Mr. P. Boa, Wester Balblair, who found the stone while digging in his garden in June 1969. The stone measures 0.71m x 0.45m x 0.11m.
Visited by OS 1st April 1970.

Class I symbol stone bearing a triple oval over a crescent and V-rod.
A.Mack1997 p.111 <5>

Included in a catalogue of the Pictish Symbol Stones at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, original version 1994, updated 2010. A complete crescent & V-rod symbol, with spearhead and forked terminals to the V-rod. Three conjoined ovals sit above.<6><7>

Jackson, A, 1984, The symbol stones of Scotland: a social anthropological resolution to the problem of the Picts, 30 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2357.

<1> Cameron, A D, 1969, 'Wester Balblair, Beauly, symbol stone', Discovery and Excavation in Scotland 1969, p.28, 28 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1818.

<2> Cameron, A D, 1971, 'Pictish symbol stone at Wester Balblair, Beauly, Invernesshire', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 101 1968-9, p.288-9, 288-9 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1349.

<3> RCAHMS, 1979, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of North-east Inverness, Inverness District, Highland Region, 25, No. 186 (Text/Report). SHG2673.

<4> Ritchie, J N G, 1985, Pictish symbol stones: a handlist 1985, 11 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2712.

<5> Mack, A, 1997, Field guide to the Pictish symbol stones, p.111 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2456.

<6> Hanley, R G, 1994, A catalogue of the Class I Pictish symbol stones in the collections of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, 12 (Collection/Catalogue). SHG2304.

<7> Inverness Museum, 2010, A Catalogue of the Pictish Symbol Stones at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (Text/Publication/Booklet). SHG25069.

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Grid reference Centred NH 5100 4527 (6m by 6m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH54NW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

Finds (1)

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

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