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Recording Your Heritage Online

Event ID 567096

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Recording Your Heritage Online


The nearby hillock has been identified as the site of a prehistoric midden, Early Christian burial ground and medieval chapel. Surviving monuments here include several weathered slabs, 6th-9th century, with Christian crosses superscribing earlier pagan markings. Most important of these is the Pabbay Stone, probably 6th century, the only Pictish symbol stone still to be seen in the Western Isles, and one of only five in the Hebrides. It is marked with a V-rod, lunar crescent and flower (a lily?), over which has been added at some later date a crude cross, possibly coinciding with its move to this site as a grave marker. These markings are now badly eroded, their damage exacerbated by the stone's present horizontal position in the sand.

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press

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