MHG8162 - Symbol stones, Wolf & Deer, Stittenham (Ardross 1 & Ardross 2)


Stylised 'wolf' and 'beast' symbol stones, found built into an old wall. Now in Inverness Museum.

Type and Period (1)

  • INSCRIBED STONE (Pictish to Early Medieval - 300 AD to 1057 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH67SE 12 centred 650 743.
2 sandstone fragments, bearing incised representations of a deer and wolf in Pictish style, were found 'built into an old wall at Stittenham' before 1891. Often known as the Ardross 'wolf' and 'horse', they are preserved in Inverness Museum (INVMG 00.208-9).
J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; RCAHMS 1979; 1985. <1>-<3>

In Inverness Museum - NH64NE 138.1

Two class I symbol stones showing:
Ardross 1 : a wolf
Ardross 2 : a deer's head <4>

On display at Inverness Museum. Included in a catalogue of the Pictish Symbol Stones at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, original version 1994, updated 2010. The wolfstone is described as one of the most famous incised stones, the artist capturing the graceful movement of the animal with relatively few incised lines. The style of the carving in the neck area of the Ardross 'beast' stone suggests that this stone may have been created by the artist responsible for the wolf stone. The geological similarity of the two stones and the position of the carving suggest that they may have been on a single stone. <5> <6>

Sources/Archives (9)



Grid reference Centred NH 6500 7429 (6m by 6m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH67SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish ROSSKEEN

Finds (2)

  • ARM GUARD (Undated)
  • SYMBOL STONE (Undated)

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