MHG9023 - Find spot of symbol stone, Torgorm Farm
Fragment of a Class I symbol stone, found in a ploughed field prior to 1903. Now in Inverness Museum.
Type and Period (1)
- INSCRIBED STONE (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)
- None recorded
NH55SE 14 559 549.
A fragment of a Class I 'Pictish' symbol stone, bearing parts of two double-disc and Z-rod symbols, found on Torgorm farm, and noted at Moniack Castle (NH 5543) in 1903, is now in Inverness Museum (Acc No: 1937-41).
J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; RCAMHS 1979; 1985. <1>-<3>
Class I symbol stone bearing two double discs and Z-rods
A.Mack 1997 p.110 <4>
Included in a catalogue of the Pictish Symbol Stones at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, original version 1994, updated 2010. The right hand portions of two double disc symbols, the lower with a cross motif at the hub, the upper with a joined circle and lobe of different design. Above the lower double disc is the top arm of a Z-rod, with characteristic spearhead terminal and attached spirals. Below the upper disc is the comer of a second Z-rod. Found within a ploughed field prior to 1903; now in Inverness Museum. <5> <6>
The stone is listed under Acc. No. 1937.041 in the Inverness Museum catalogue. <7>
Torgorm, Ross & Cromarty, Pictish symbol stone fragment
Measurements: H 0.51m, W 0.33m, D 0.08m
Stone type: sandstone
Place of discovery: NH c 559 549
Present location: Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (INVMG 1937.41)
Evidence for discovery: found during ploughing around 1880 and taken to the rockery in the garden of Moniack Castle.
Present condition: broken and worn.
This fragment is part of the right-hand portion of a symbol stone and is incised with the right-hand ends of two double-disc and Z-rod symbols. One is placed immediately above the other and the internal decoration of their surviving discs is different. The top disc has a concentric inner circle containing a large and a small disc, each with a dimple, while the lower disc has two concentric inner circles containing a cross.
Date: seventh century
References: ECMS pt 3, 106-7; Fraser 2008, no 115.
Early Medieal Carved Stones Project, A Ritchie 2017.
- --- SHG23282 Interactive Resource/Online Database: RCAHMS. Canmore, online database of the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). 12828.
- <1> SHG1883 Text/Publication/Volume: 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. iii, 106-7.
- <2> SHG2675 Text/Report: RCAHMS. 1979. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of the Black Isle, Ross and Cromarty District, Highland Region. . 20, No. 124.
- <3> SHG2712 Text/Publication/Volume: Ritchie, J N G. 1985. Pictish symbol stones: a handlist 1985. 13.
- <4> SHG2456 Text/Publication/Volume: Mack, A. 1997. Field guide to the Pictish symbol stones. 110.
- <5> SHG2304 Collection/Catalogue: Hanley, R G. 1994. A catalogue of the Class I Pictish symbol stones in the collections of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. 9.
- <6> SHG25069 Text/Publication/Booklet: Inverness Museum. 2010. A Catalogue of the Pictish Symbol Stones at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. Paper (Copy).
- <7> SHG25836 Collection/Catalogue: Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. Inverness Museum & Art Gallery Accession registers. 1937.041.
|Grid reference||Centred NH 5590 5490 (6m by 6m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Geographical Area||ROSS AND CROMARTY|
|Civil Parish||URQUHART AND LOGIE WESTER|
- SYMBOL STONE (Pictish - 300 AD to 900 AD)
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- https://canmore.org.uk/site/12828 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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