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Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Torgorm

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Canmore ID 12828

Site Number NH55SE 14

NGR NH 559 549

NGR Description NH c. 559 549

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Urquhart And Logie Wester
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Torgorm, Ross & Cromarty, Pictish symbol stone fragment

Measurements: H 0.51m, W 0.33m, D 0.08m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NH c 559 549

Present location: Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (INVMG 1937.41)

Evidence for discovery: found during ploughing around 1880 and taken to the rockery in the garden of Moniack Castle.

Present condition: broken and worn.


This fragment is part of the right-hand portion of a symbol stone and is incised with the right-hand ends of two double-disc and Z-rod symbols. One is placed immediately above the other and the internal decoration of their surviving discs is different. The top disc has a concentric inner circle containing a large and a small disc, each with a dimple, while the lower disc has two concentric inner circles containing a cross.

Date: seventh century

References: ECMS pt 3, 106-7; Fraser 2008, no 115.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017.

Archaeology Notes

NH55SE 14 559 549.

A fragment of a Class I 'Pictish' symbol stone, bearing parts of two double-disc and Z-rod symbols, found on Torgorm farm, and noted at Moniack Castle (NH 5543) in 1903, is now in Inverness Museum (Acc No: 937-41).

J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; RCAMHS 1979; 1985.

Class I symbol stone bearing two double discs and Z-rods

A.Mack 1997 p.110


Field Visit (January 1978)

Torgorm, Symbol Stone NH c. 559 549 NH55SE 14

This fragment of a Class I 'Pictish' symbol stone bears parts of two double-disc and Z-rod symbols; it is now in Inverness Museum (INVMG 937-41).

RCAHMS 1979, visited January 1978

Allen and Anderson 1903, iii, 106-7


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