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Description of stone

Event ID 1010135

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Early Medieval Carved Stones Project


Little Ferry Links 3, Sutherland, Pictish symbol stone fragment

Measurements: H 0.15m, W 0.15m, D 0.06m

Stone type: red sandstone

Place of discovery: NH 814966

Present location: Dunrobin Museum (ARC 544), Dunrobin Castle.

Evidence for discovery: a surface find made in 1872.

Present condition: broken but the carving is good.


This small fragment is deeply incised with an unusual design: two concentric circles with a central hollow and three curving lines radiating from the outer circle. This appears to be part of an ornate triple disc such as that on the stone from Keiss in Caithness.The depth of carving is similar to that on Little Ferry Links 1, but the slab as it survives is half the thickness of the latter.

Date: seventh century.

References: ECMS pt 3, 45, 47; Fraser 2008, no 146.3.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

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