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Grantown, Cnoc-an-fruich

Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Grantown, Cnoc-an-fruich

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Frenchies Hillock; Cnock-an-fruich

Canmore ID 15737

Site Number NJ03SW 3

NGR NJ 0452 3012

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Cromdale, Inverallan And Advie
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Badenoch And Strathspey
  • Former County Morayshire

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Grantown, Moray, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 1.22m, W 0.56m, D 0.06m

Stone type: mica schist

Place of discovery: NJ 0452 3012

Present location: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh (X.IB.10).

Evidence for discovery: found in the early 1860s in digging into a small knoll.

Present condition: good.

Description

This slab is incised with a fine study of a stag with scroll joints walking towards the right, over a divided rectangle with a rough circle at the top right and bottom left corners.

Date: seventh century

References: ECMS pt 3, 26-7; Fraser 2008, no 93.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2018

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Grantown, Moray, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 1.22m, W 0.56m, D 0.06m

Stone type: mica schist

Place of discovery: NJ 0452 3012

Present location: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh (X.IB.10).

Evidence for discovery: found in the early 1860s in digging into a small knoll.

Present condition: good.

Description

This slab is incised with a fine study of a stag with scroll joints walking towards the right, over a divided rectangle with a rough circle at the top right and bottom left corners.

Date: seventh century

References: ECMS pt 3, 26-7; Fraser 2008, no 93.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2018.

Archaeology Notes

The symbol stone found in digging the knoll called Cnoc-an-Fruich, a place near Grantown, is now in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS, Accession No. IB 10). It is a slab of mica schist of rectangular shape 4ft by 10 inches by 9 inches thick, incised on one face.

J R Allen and J Anderson 1903.

Cnoc-an Fruich, or Freuchie's Hillock - a large mound or knoll at NJ 0452 3012.

Information from G A Dixon, 13 Thirlestane Rd., Edinburgh, to OS, November 1970.

Activities

Field Visit (2 September 1966)

No local knowledge of the symbol stone. The name Cnoc-an-Fruich is not known locally but Knockenruich Wood (centred at NJ 045 287) is obviously a derivation of it. There are several knolls within the wood, recently reafforested.

Visited by OS (NKB) 2 September 1966.

Reference (1997)

Class I symbol stone bearing a stag above a rectangle.

A Mack 1997 p.33

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