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Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Tillytarmont

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Tillytarmont No. 5

Canmore ID 17836

Site Number NJ54NW 20

NGR NJ 5331 4724

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Cairnie
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Gordon
  • Former County Aberdeenshire


Tillytarmont 4, Aberdeenshire, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 1.5m, W 1.3m

Stone type: granite

Place of discovery: NJ 5331 4724

Present location: in the Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen (ABdua.39613).

Evidence for discovery: found during ploughing in 1972 in the same field as nos 1-3 and 5 on a promontory at the confluence of the Isla and Deveron rivers, North Tillytarmont Farm, and taken initially to a garden at Whitehills.

Present condition: some edge damage.


A round slab, this is incised on one broad face with an eagle above a Pictish beast, both facing right.

Date: seventh century.

References: Fraser 2008, no 46.4.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017

Archaeology Notes

NJ54NW 20 5331 4724

NJ 5331 4724. An incised symbol stone 1.5m high x 1.3m broad with irregularly rounded edges was found when ploughing in the field known as Donald's Stone Haugh on North Tillytarmont farm. The stone was lying flat, face down, about 30cm below the surface. Beneath the foot of the stone were about 20 stones that originally supported it.

The symbols present are an exceptionally fine eagle at the top of the slab and an "elephant" figure below. The stone has been removed to North Tillytarmont farm, under cover.

(See also NT54NW 1, NT54NW 11, NT54NW 22, NT54NW 31 - symbol stones from the same field.) N H Trewin 1972; Information contained in letter from Dr N H Trewin 20 October 1972; Information from Aberdeen Press and Journal (illustrated) 20 October 1972.

(Tillytarmont 5). Found in 1972, this stone (1.5m by 1.3m) bears a fine eagle above a 'beast'. It is now in the garden of Little Craigherbs, Whitehills, Banff and Buchan (NJ 6524 6473).

I A G Shepherd 1984; RCAHMS 1985; RCAHMS 1994.

Now in the Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen.

Information from N Curtis, 23 August 1996.

Class I symbol stone - Tillytarmont 5 - Horseshoe underneath a serpent and Z-rod with a mirror-and-comb to the right.

A Mack 1997 p.95


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