MHG54302 - Class I Pictish symbol stone, Cotterton (1 of 2) (Cottertown)


A Class I Pictish stone built into the wall of a byre. Please note that this site is private property.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A Class I Pictish stone is built into the wall of a byre at Cotterton. The stone depicts the Pictish beast, with crescent above, comb underneath and a mirror to the right which is partially obscured by harling. The crescent has unfortunately been truncated when the stone was reshaped for use as building material. <1><2> (See MHG55050 for second Pictish stone on site)

It is suggested by Cait McCullagh, a local archaeologist and PhD Student at Edinburgh University, that the lack of weathering apparent on the stone is because it was previously located inside another building, or even buried. Cait also suggests that the stone may have been deliberately placed in this spot in the building, perhaps gifted for the purpose. That being the case the person who built the stone in would not be the person who originally dressed the stone, as one presumes someone who viewed the stone as significant would not have shaved off parts of the symbols. <3>

NGR adjusted based on 2012 aerial photographs. <4>

Sources/Archives (4)



Grid reference Centred NH 6216 5215 (1m by 1m) Estimated from sources
Map sheet NH65SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish KNOCKBAIN

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