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Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Craigmyle

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Cothill; Craigmyle House

Canmore ID 18025

Site Number NJ60SW 6

NGR NJ 64014 02344

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Kincardine O'neil
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Kincardine And Deeside
  • Former County Aberdeenshire


Craigmyle, Aberdeenshire, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 2.29m, W1.37m, D 0.61m

Stone type: granite

Place of discovery: NJ 6401 0234

Present location: in situ on a hill slope.

Evidence for discovery: recorded as a symbol stone in the late nineteenth century.

Present condition: very weathered and the symbols are very faint.


A massive granite boulder, this bears two incised symbols, a notched rectangle above a serpent.

Date: seventh century.

References: ECMS pt 3, 159-60; Fraser 2008, no 12.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2017


Field Visit (13 July 1943)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Emergency Survey (1942-3), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, vary from short notes to lengthy and full descriptions and are available to view online with contemporary sketches and photographs. The original typescripts, manuscripts, notebooks and photographs can also be consulted in the RCAHMS Search Room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 10 December 2014.

Field Visit (12 July 1972)

A symbol stone generally as described. Oriented NW-SE, with the scarcely discernable symbols on the flat SE face. There is no evidence for a stone circle.

Visited by OS (ISS) 12 July 1972.

Desk Based Assessment (1972)

NJ60SW 6 64014 02344.

(NJ 6402 0235) Stone Circle (NR) (Remains of)

OS 6" map, Aberdeenshire, 1st ed., (1866)

Sculptured Stone (NR)

OS 6" map, (1959)

An upright symbol-slab of granite, nearly rectangular 7'6" high, 4'6" wide and 1'3" to 2' thick, which is said to be the remains of a stone circle (information from P L Gordon, Craigmyle House). The two-legged rectangle symbol and the serpent are incised on the face.

J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; Name Book 1866.

Information from OS.

Reference (1994)

Symbols now extremely faint.

RCAHMS 1994.

Reference (1997)

Class I symbol stone : S.S.W.face shows a divided rectangle above a serpent.

A.Mack 1997 p.73


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