MHG4440 - Pictish symbol stone - Dunachton Lodge


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  • INSCRIBED STONE (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)

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Class I symbol stone.

NH80SW 2.01 NH 8208 0461 Pictish Symbol Stone
In 1870, an incised symbol stone was found serving as a lintel in the old steading at Dunachton (the stones of which were used in building the Lodge). It has been erected on the terrace at the S. corner of the garden, about 100 yards. from the front door of the Lodge. It is 4'3 1/2" x 16" x 4 1/2" with incised lines on one face.
Information from OS.
Name Book 1871; C Fraser-Mackintosh 1866; J R Allen and J Anderson 1903

The stone was scheduled in 1925.

Situated at NH 8208 0461, the symbol stone is as described and illustrated by Romilly Allen.
Surveyed at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (R L) 30 November 1966

Class 1 symbol stone showing a deer's head. <1>

Following discovery the stone was re-erected at NGR 282085 804619.

The stone was subsequently moved inside the walled garden of Dunachton Lodge in order to protect it from damage by animals. The scheduling was amended by Historic Environment Scotland in 2017 to take account of its new position. <2>

GIS spatial data amended in 2018 according to HES Scheduled Monument dataset. <3>

Dunachton, Inverness-shire, Pictish symbol stone
Measurements: H 1.31m, W 0.40m, D 0.11m
Stone type: diorite
Place of discovery: NH c 820046
Present location: on terrace beside Dunachton Lodge (prone in 2009).
Evidence for discovery: found in 1870 when the old steading was demolished and the stones used to build the new Lodge. It had been re-used as a lintel over a door in the steading. It was erected on a sandstone base in the Lodge garden and has fallen and been re-erected several times. Dunachton Lodge was built on the site of a castle.
Present condition: good, except that the top right corner is missing.
This is a tapering pillar-like slab, with a single symbol incised at one end. This is the deer’s head, here facing right, with a large eye, pricked ear, spiral at the base of the back of the neck, and a vertical line ending in a hollow up the middle of the neck. The end of the deer’s snout is now missing.
Date: seventh century.
References: ECMS pt 3, 100-101; Fraser 2008, no 91.
Early Medieval Carved Stones Project, Compiled by A Ritchie 2017

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Grid reference Centred NH 8208 0467 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH80SW
Civil Parish ALVIE

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