MHG3360 - Findspot of symbol stone, Garbeg


A fragment of Pictish Stone, found during the excavation of a cairn in 1974. 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

NH53SW 15.1 5110 3222

'This fragment found during the excavation of a small cairn in 1974 is now in Inverness Museum (Acc No 974.75); a thin slab of sandstone, it bears a fragmentary crescent and V-rod.'
RCAHMS 1985; L M M Wedderburn and D M Grime 1975. <1><2>

Included in a catalogue of the Pictish Symbol Stones at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, original version 1994, updated 2010. Found within a disturbed stone cairn. The left hand portion of a crescent & V-rod symbol, with lobed infill inside the crescent. The top of a symbol of uncertain type sits below the right point of the V-rod. It may represent the mane of a Pictish Beast facing right.<3><4>

The barrow from which this symbol stone was recovered lies at the N end of the square barrow cemetery (NH53SW 15.00), at NH 5110 3226.
(URQ97 210)
Visited by RCAHMS (SDB) 4 September 1997

Class I symbol stone showing a crescent and V-rod with ? An elephant's antenna.
A Mack 1997

The stone is listed under Acc. No. 1974.075 in the Inverness Museum catalogue. <5>

Garbeg, Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire, Pictish symbol stone fragment
Measurements: H 0.49m, W 0.95m, D 0.05m
Stone type: sandstone
Place of discovery: NH 5110 3222
Present location: Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (INVMG 1955.30)
Evidence for discovery: found in 1974 just beneath the turf in the centre of a ditched circular cairn in a cemetery of round and rectangular platform cairns at Garbeg.
Present condition: broken and incomplete.
The fragment appears to be the top left corner of a symbol stone, with two intact edges. It is finely incised with part of an ornamented crescent and V-rod symbol, and there was clearly a second symbol below, represented by a curving design which could be the ‘lappit’ of a Pictish beast symbol. The rest of the slab was not found when the cairn was excavated.
Date: seventh century.
References: Wedderburn & Grime 1984; Fraser 2008, no 110.
Early Medieval Carved Stones Project, Compiled by A Ritchie 2017

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Grid reference Centred NH 5109 3221 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH53SW
Geographical Area INVERNESS

Finds (1)

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

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