MHG752 - Symbol Stone, Sandside House


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

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NC96NE0010 Symbol Stone
NC96NE0011 House
NC96NE0040 Symbol Stone?
NC96NE0079 Kiln Barn, Byres, Cottage, Dairy & Implement Shed
NC96NE0080 Walled Gardens
NC96SE0111 Gate Lodge
NC96NE0093 Dovecot
NC96NE0094 Privy
JHooper, 13/11/2001

Another fragment recently came to light, having lain amongst rubble at site. Detail obscure, and the iconography not yet identified. See NC96NE0040 DML 2/2/00

NC96NE 10.00 951 651.
(A: NC 9522 6518 and B: NC 9519 6517 Symbol Stones (NR) (moved) OS 6"map, (1967)

A: A Class I symbol stone found about 1853 on links by shore at Sandside (NC 95 65) near an ancient settlement (presumably NC96NE 9) and removed firstly to Sandside Farm to cover a mill-lade, and then, in 1889 to Sandside House where it is placed within a wooden frame against a wall at the east side. It is a rectangular slab of local sandstone 4ft 8.5ins long, by 1ft 11.5 ins wide and 3.5ins thick, with incised symbols on one face only. The symbols are a horizontal row of three conjoined ovals, a mirror-case and, at the bottom, a mirror and comb.
B: A rectangular sandstone block 2ft 5ins long, by 9ins broad and 8ins thick which was found built into a stone dyke not far from Tigh a' Bheannaich (ND05NW 9), near Shurrery (ND 03 57). On the face of the stone is incised a small, stemmed circle or orb 4ins in diameter containing an equal-armed cross. The stem is 3.5ins long and 1 - 1.5ins broach. Beneath, and occupying the breadth of the stone, is a plain circle with a diameter of 8ins.
J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

Both stones are as described.
Surveyed at 1:2500 Visited by OS (N K B) 25 November 1964.

As described and illustrated. Visited by OS (J B) 8 9 1981.

Class I symbol stone showing a triple-oval with a divided mirror-case and a mirror-and-comb.
A.Mack 1997 p.129

P.S.S 1, Sandside House (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG10175.

P.S.S. 1, Sandide Ho., Reay (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG10180.

PSSI, Sandide house, Reay (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG7137.

Allen and Anderson, J R and J, 1903, The early Christian monuments of Scotland: a classified illustrated descriptive list of the monuments with an analysis of their symbolism and ornamentation, Pt. 3, 29-30; fig. 26 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG1883.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 109, Nos. 406, 407; pl. xxxvii (Text/Report). SHG2664.

Thomas, C, 1963, 'The interpretation of the Pictish symbols', Archaeol J Vol. 120 1963, p.31-97, 94 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1685.

Ritchie, J N G, 1985, Pictish symbol stones: a handlist 1985, 11 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2712.

Mack, A, 1997, Field guide to the Pictish symbol stones, 129 & 145 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2456.

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Grid reference Centred NC 9521 6517 (6m by 6m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC96NE
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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