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Brandsbutt Description of stone

Event ID 1084407

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Early Medieval Carved Stones Project


Brandsbutt, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, inscribed Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 1.06m above ground, W 1.27m, D 0.91m

Stone type: whinstone

Place of discovery: NJ 75992 22403

Present location: in a small enclosure near the junction of Brankie Road and Gordon Terrace in the north-west area of Inverurie.

Evidence for discovery: the stone was broken up and used to build a field dyke at some time prior to the late nineteenth century. The large lower portion was recorded in the wall in 1899, and when shortly afterwards the wall was dismantled other fragments were found. The fragments were reassembled and cemented together sometime prior to 1950.

Present condition: despite its history of vandalism, the surviving carving on the stone is in good condition.


One broad face of this originally substantial boulder is incised with two Pictish symbols, a crescent and V-rod above (and probably touching) a serpent and Z-rod. To the left of the symbols is incised an ogham inscription, reading IRATADDOARENS, possibly a personal name.

Date range: seventh century.

Primary references: ECMS pt 3, 506-7; Fraser 2008, no 7.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2019

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