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Dingwall Churchyard

Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Dingwall Churchyard

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Canmore ID 12820

Site Number NH55NW 7

NGR NH 5493 5893

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Dingwall
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty


Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 1.30m above ground level, W 0.51m, D 0.20m

Stone type: mica schist

Place of discovery: NH 5493 5893

Present location: in the churchyard at Dingwall.

Evidence for discovery: identified by W C Joass in 1880, when it was in re-use as a lintel over a doorway in the 1803 church. It was removed and set in a stone base in the churchyard near the entrance.

Present condition: very weathered on both carved faces, broken at the top (base hidden).


This was originally a prehistoric cup-marked stone bearing a number of cupmarks on both broad faces, which was later re-used as a symbol stone. It is incised on one broad face with three open circles above a crescent and V-rod and on the other broad face with a double disc and Z-rod above two crescents and V-rods arranged one above the other.

Date: seventh century.

References: ECMS pt 3, 56-7; Fraser 2008, no 120.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2017

Archaeology Notes

NH55NW 7 5493 5893.

A cup marked, Class I symbol stone, which had been used as a lintel over a doorway of the church built in 1801, was identified in 1880 and is now erected on a base in the churchyard opposite the entrance gateway. It is a rectangular slab of mica schist, 4'3" high by 1'8" wide by 8" thick, bearing on the front the double disc and Z-rod, and two crescent and V-rods; and on the back three circles and the crecent and V-rod as well as six cup marks.

J R Allen 1903.

As described above, this stone was located at NH 5493 5893 in Dingwall churchyard.

Visited by OS (W D J) 17 April 1963

No change.

Visited by RCAHMS (JRS) March 1989.

Class I symbol stone bearing, on the west face,a double-disc and Z-rod with crescents and V-rods at both the centre and the foot of the stone.

A Mack 1997


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