MHG6814 - Pictish symbol stone - Inverallan Church


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

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A symbol stone was found in c.1888 in Inverallan churchyard and has now been built into the north west wall of the graveyard. It measures 1.06m x 0.5m x 0.14m, and is made of blue slate. Although much weathered, the crescent and V-rod, and the 2 legged rectangle and Z-rod are still discernible. A cast of this stone is held in the NMAS (IB97).
J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; A Mitchell 1888; A Mitchell and J Drummond 1875; RCAHMS 1985.

The Pictish symbols tone was scheduled in 1964.

Class I symbol stone bearing a crescent and V-rod above a divided rectangle and Z-rod.
A Mack 1997.

Letter received from HS proposing to re-schedule the monument. According to this, the monument was first scheduled on 14 July 1964, but 'an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains: the present rescheduling rectifies this. There are two areas to be scheduled, one around the Pictish symbol stone and the other around the freestanding cross-incised slab, both extending to 2m around each stone, as indicated by red crosses on the attached map extract' Full details, including the Statement of Cultural Importance from which the above quotations are taken, have been deposited in Assoc. Documents. File
John Wood 6.6.2000

Sketch of site - Churchyard and Symbol Stone , in ass. Docs. File.
J Aitken : 18/12/00.

The symbols on this stone are paralleled on the Ballintomb stone (MHG32436)
Add to bibliography:
Fraser, Iain 2008. The Pictish Symbol Stones of Scotland no. 94 <1>

GIS spatial data moved in 2017 to position as derived from Historic Environment Scotland Scheduled Monument GIS dataset. <2>

Inverallan 1, Moray, Pictish symbol stone
Measurements: H 1.06m, W 0.50m, D 0.14m
Stone type: blue slate
Place of discovery: NJ 0266 2602
Present location: set into a niche in the churchyard wall
Evidence for discovery: found around 1888 in the foundations of the ruined church of Inverallan and placed leaning against the churchyard wall
Present condition: severely weathered.
This undressed slab is incised with a crescent and V-rod above a notched rectangle with Z-rod.
Date: seventh century.
References: Mitchell 1889; ECMS pt 3, 103-4; Fraser 2008, no 94.
Early Medieval Carved Stone project, A Ritchie 2018.

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Grid reference Centred NJ 0266 2604 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NJ02NW

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