MHG9031 - St. Clement's, Dingwall - symbol stone
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Type and Period (1)
- INSCRIBED STONE (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)
NH55NW0005 St. Clement's Aisle
NH55NW0019 Church and burial ground
Stone still in churchyard with identifying label. Becoming moss covered. Designs on both sides show that stone is not complete. HAW 10/2002
NH55NW 7 5493 5893.
A cup marked, Class I symbol stone, which had been used as a lintel over a doorway of the church built in 1801, was identified in 1880 and is now erected on a base in the churchyard opposite the entrance gateway. It is a rectangular slab of mica schist, 4'3" high by 1'8" wide by 8" thick, bearing on the front the double disc and Z-rod, and two crescent and V-rods; and on the back three circles and the crecent and V-rod as well as six cup marks.
J R Allen 1903.
As described above, this stone was located at NH 5493 5893 in Dingwall churchyard. Visited by OS (W D J) 17 April 1963
No change. Visited by RCAHMS (JRS) March 1989.
Class I symbol stone bearing ,on the west face,a double-disc and Z-rod with crescents and V-rods at both the centre and the foot of the stone. A.Mack 1997 p.115
Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, Pictish symbol stone
Measurements: H 1.30m above ground level, W 0.51m, D 0.20m
Stone type: mica schist
Place of discovery: NH 5493 5893
Present location: in the churchyard at Dingwall.
Evidence for discovery: identified by W C Joass in 1880, when it was in re-use as a lintel over a doorway in the 1803 church. It was removed and set in a stone base in the churchyard near the entrance.
Present condition: very weathered on both carved faces, broken at the top (base hidden).
This was originally a prehistoric cup-marked stone bearing a number of cupmarks on both broad faces, which was later re-used as a symbol stone. It is incised on one broad face with three open circles above a crescent and V-rod and on the other broad face with a double disc and Z-rod above two crescents and V-rods arranged one above the other.
Date: seventh century.
References: ECMS pt 3, 56-7; Fraser 2008, no 120.
Early Medieval Carved Stones Project, Compiled by A Ritchie 2017
- --- 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. 56-7.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Feachem, R W. 1977. Guide to prehistoric Scotland. 2nd ed.. 198.
- --- Interactive Resource/Online Database: RCAHMS. Canmore, online database of the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). 12820.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Jackson, A. 1984. The symbol stones of Scotland: a social anthropological resolution to the problem of the Picts. 30.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Mack, A. 1997. Field guide to the Pictish symbol stones. 115.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: MacKie, E W. 1975. Scotland: an archaeological guide: from the earliest times to the twelfth century. 212.
- --- Text/Report: RCAHMS. 1979. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Easter Ross, Ross and Cromarty District, Highland Region. . 26, No. 218.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Ritchie, J N G. 1985. Pictish symbol stones: a handlist 1985. 12.
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Ritchie, J. 1918. 'Cup-marks on the stone circles and standing-stones of Aberdeenshire and part of Banffshire', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 52 1917-18, p.86-121. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 86-121. 102; fig. 13.
|Grid reference||Centred NH 5494 5894 (6m by 6m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Geographical Area||ROSS AND CROMARTY|
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External Links (4)
- http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/LB24516 (Online designation description (Historic Environment Scotland))
- http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/SM1677 (Online designation description (Historic Environment Scotland))
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/12820 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
- https://highlandpictishtrail.co.uk/project/the-dingwall-stone/ (Link to the Pictish trail website)
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