MHG6799 - Findspot of symbol stone, Cnoc-an-Fruich


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Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Thumbnail Photo shows site where Pictish Symbol Stone once stood before it was taken to Edinburgh, NMS.
J Halliday, 30/9/03.

Site visited and photographed by John Halliday, 30/09/03. Highland Archaeology Challenge. See assoc. docs. File.
J Aikten : 20/01/04.

During work in advance of a dedicated woodlands scheme, a section through a small mound close to Freuchies Hillock was examined archaeologically. It revealed no definite evidence of human activity, but suggested the ground had been heavily disturbed, probably by animals.
Information from Bob Gourlay, HRC archaeologist, 28.6.88.

NJ03SW 3 0452 3012.

The symbol stone found in digging the knoll called Cnoc-an-Fruich, a place near Grantown, is now in the NMAS (IB 10). It is a slab of mica schist of rectangular shape 4ft by 10 inches by 9 inches thick, incised on one face.
J R Allen and J Anderson 1903.

No local knowledge of the symbol stone. The name Cnoc-an-Fruich is not known locally but Knockenruich Wood (centred at NJ 045 287) is obviously a derivation of it. There are several knolls within the wood, recently reafforested.
Visited by OS (N K B) 2 September 1966.

Cnoc-an Fruich, or Freuchie's Hillock - a large mound or knoll at NJ 0452 3012.
Information from G A Dixon, 13 Thirlestane Rd., Edinburgh, to OS, November 1970.

Class I symbol stone bearing a stag above a rectangle.
A.Mack 1997 p.33

Grantown, Moray, Pictish symbol stone
Measurements: H 1.22m, W 0.56m, D 0.06m
Stone type: mica schist
Place of discovery: NJ 0452 3012
Present location: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh (X.IB.10).
Evidence for discovery: found in the early 1860s in digging into a small knoll.
Present condition: good.
This slab is incised with a fine study of a stag with scroll joints walking towards the right, over a divided rectangle with a rough circle at the top right and bottom left corners.
Date: seventh century
References: ECMS pt 3, 26-7; Fraser 2008, no 93.
Early Medieval Carved Stones project, A Ritchie 2018

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Grid reference Centred NJ 0452 3011 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NJ03SW

Finds (1)

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

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