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Moniack Castle

Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric), Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Moniack Castle

Classification Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric), Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Balblair Stone; Wester Balblair; Moniak Castle Wineries; Moniack Castle Wineries

Canmore ID 12732

Site Number NH54SE 9

NGR NH 5518 4357

NGR Description Removed from NH c. 509 451

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kirkhill
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire


Field Visit (21 December 1964)

This stone, at NH 5518 4357, is basically as described by Jolly, it is 1.3metres high, 0.8 metres wide and 0.3 metres thick. Apart from the figure of a man, only three cup marks are now visible.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (R D) 21 December 1964

Reference (1997)

Class I symbol stone.

A Mack 1997.

External Reference (9 March 2007)

Scheduled as 'Balbalir Stone, symbol stone, Moniak [Moniack] Castle Wineries... an earthfast, upright carved stone bearing abstract and figurative carving which is prehistoric and early medieval in date'.

The stone is 1.3m high, 0.8m wide and 0.3m thick, and displays the Pictish carving of a man apparently walking from left to right holding a staff or sword, as well as prehistoric cupmarks. It is situated within a modern garden rockery immediately SW of Moniak [Moniack] Castle.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 9 March 2007.

Desk Based Assessment

NH54SE 9 5518 4357 Removed from NH c. 509 451

For original location (NH54NW 155 c. 509 451), see NH54NW 155.

In the rockery at Moniack Castle is a stone, about 4 1/2 ft. in height, bearing the outlined figure of a man with a stick or other instrument in his hand, and fourteen cup-marks, one of which has been mistaken for the eye of the figure. The stone stands at the end of the rockery farthest from the entrance gate. 'This stone was brought from a spot where it stood for a time, close to the old parish school of Kilmorack, near Kilmorack Free Church. It was however, removed to this place between fifty and sixty years ago, from a spot 100 yard further west, when the ground was them reclaimed. There is nothing known of the stone, traditional or otherwise, beyond this.

(These sitings place the original location in the vicinity of Balblair. (NH 50 45))

Information from OS.

W Jolly 1882.


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