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Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Invereen

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Canmore ID 14139

Site Number NH73SE 5

NGR NH 7968 3108

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Moy And Dalarossie
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Invereen, Inverness-shire, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 1.00m, W 0.80m, D 0.15m

Stone type: red sandstone

Place of discovery: NH 7968 3108

Present location: National Museums Scotland (X.IB 227).

Evidence for discovery: found during ploughing in 1932 on the west side of the River Findhorn near Invereen.

Present condition: weathered.


This slab is incised with an ornamented crescent and V-rod symbol over a relatively larger double-disc and Z-rod symbol. To the left of the top symbol is incised a vertical shaft which enters a circle at the top, where damage obscures the left-hand half of the circle.

Date: seventh or eighth century.

References: Fraser 2008, no 111.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2017

Archaeology Notes

NH73SE 5 7968 3108.

(Area: NH 798 315) A Pictish symbol-stone of light red sandstone was found at Invereen, Moy, in 1932. It is 3' 10 1/2" x 2' 2 1/2" x 7 5/8" and incised on one face. In the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS, IB 227)

Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1934.

This slab measures 1.0m x 0.8m x 0.15m. The face is inscribed with the crescent and V-rod symbol; 2 smaller crescents lie inside the larger one. Below this is the double disc intersected by an ornamental Z-rod. At the top-left are the remains of what appears to be a penanular brooch. In the Royal Museum of Scotland (NMAS) Accession no IB 227.

Information from R Jones 1980.


Field Visit (9 November 1966)

The findspot of the symbol stone, was pointed out on the ground by the finder (Mr A Dunbar, Invereen, Tomatin, Inverness-shire) at NH 7968 3108. It was unearthed whilst ploughing.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (NKB) 9 November 1966.

Reference (1997)

Class I symbol stone with double-disc and Z-rod below a crescent and V-rod.

A.Mack 1997


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