MHG9791 - Findspot of symbol stone (Kintradwell 1), Kintradwell


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Type and Period (2)

  • FINDSPOT (Pictish - 300 AD to 900 AD)
  • INSCRIBED STONE (Pictish to Early Medieval - 300 AD to 1057 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NC90NW 15 9283 0806.
Symbol Stone found AD 1864 (NAT). OS 6"map, (1964)

A symbol stone was found in 1864 on the 50ft contour line, 100 yards W of Cinn Trolla Broch (NC90NW 5). It is a slab of sandstone of irregular shape, 3ft 2ins long by 1ft 1ins wide by 3.5 ins thick, sculptured with incised lines on one face. At top is S-shaped symbol and below is mirror-case symbol. The former is ornamented with curved lines and latter with concentric circles. It is in Dunrobin Museum.
J Stuart 1856; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1865; J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; RCAHMS 1911.

The engraving (Stuart 1856) is tolerably correct except that the curved line in middle of the S-shaped symbol is not continuous on both sides, being broken where it joins the two cross lines in the centre. J A Smith 1875.

Find-spot sited to NC 9283 0806 from information above. This symbol stone is numbered No 7 in Dunrobin Castle Museum.
Visited by OS (W D J) 3 April 1962.

Found and donated by Major Houston (New Acc No: 1864.2) Metric measurements. 0.95m x 0.33m x 0.13m
Info from TS of Catalogue of Dunrobin Museum, by A S Henshall.

Class I symbol stone - Kintradwell 1- showing an ogee over a mirror-case.
A.Mack 1997 p.126

Kintradwell 1, Sutherland, Pictish symbol stone
Measurements: H 0.97m, W 0.33m, D 0.09m
Stone type: sandstone
Place of discovery: NC 9316 0838
Present location: Dunrobin Museum (ARC 534), Dunrobin Castle.
Evidence for discovery: found in 1864 near Cinn Trolla broch.
Present condition: some edge damage.
This slab bears two incised symbols: the S symbol and below it the disc and indented rectangle. Both are quite plain.
Date: seventh century.
References: ECMS pt 3, 43; Fraser 2008, no 143.1.
Compiled by A Ritchie 2016, Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

This stone (Kintradwell no.1) was catalogued during an inventory of Dunrobin Castle Museum's collection in 2019 by ARCH. Listed under Acc. No. 1864.2 and ARC 534. It has also been numbered no.7. It was on display on the lower floor. See attached photo taken by C. Ferne. <1>

See MHG17469 and MHG9795 for other Pictish symbol stones from Kintradwell.

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Grid reference Centred NC 9282 0806 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC90NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish CLYNE

Finds (1)

  • SYMBOL STONE (Pictish - 300 AD to 900 AD)

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