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Newton House

Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Newton House

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Shevock

Canmore ID 18085

Site Number NJ62NE 12.01

NGR NJ 6623 2972

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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


Newton House 1, Culsalmond, Aberdeenshire, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 2.03m, W 0.60m, D 0.41m

Stone type: blue-grey gneiss

Place of discovery: NJ 2250 0873

Present location:in the grounds of Newton House.

Evidence for discovery: recorded in 1760 half a mile west of Newton House 2 and moved to the grounds of Newton House in 1794 (discussed in Forsyth 1996, 420-2).

Present condition: good.


On one broad face of this slender pillar, at the highest point before its width diminishes, are incised two symbols, the double disc above the serpent and Z-rod. The quality of the carving is high. One of the discs has a basal notch and both contain central dots, and the entire symbol has a double outline. The serpent’s head and body are carved to indicate scales, each scale bearing a dot.

Date: seventh century.

References: Stuart 1856, 13, pl 37; Forsyth 1996, 420-42; RCAHMS 2007, 117; Fraser 2008, no 38.1.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017


Field Visit (13 March 1969)

Stones as described; no further information regarding original find-spots, or graves.

Visited by OS (NKB) 13 March 1969.

Reference (1997)

Class I symbol stone bearing on the S. face a double-disc over a serpent and Z-rod.

A Mack 1997.


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