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Newton Of Lewesk

Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Newton Of Lewesk

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Kinellar House Policies

Canmore ID 18093

Site Number NJ62NE 19

NGR NJ 693 279

NGR Description Removed to NJ 7049 2592 and to NJ 8151 1294

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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

EARLY MEDIEVAL CARVED STONES PROJECT

Newton of Lewesk, Aberdeenshire, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 0.93m, W 0.55m

Stone type: reddish granite

Place of discovery: NJ c 815 129

Present location: beside the driveway of Kinellar House (NJ 693 279)

Evidence for discovery: found in 1914 ‘embedded in the soil’ on Newton of Lewesk farm. It was taken first to Logie Elphinstone House and later to Kinellar House.

Present condition: plough-damaged edges and parts of the carving are worn.

Description

One face of this irregular boulder bears three or possibly four incised Pictish symbols. A disc and rectangle towards the top of the stone has traces of a spiral design within the disc. Its base touches a rectangle below, which has an inner small square and which may represent a shield with a spear projecting behind it. To the left of this possible shield symbol appears to be part of a single-sided comb with a high back shaped into semi-circular projections. Below the shield is a double crescent symbol with two back-to-back crescents, each with an inner curved projection.

Date: seventh century.

References: Ritchie 1916, 280-5; Fraser 2008, no 39.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017.

Archaeology Notes

NJ62NE 19 693 279 removed to 7049 2592 and to 8151 1294

This stone now stands on a bank beside the driveway of Kinellar House (NJ 815 129), see NJ81SW 176.

In the autumn of 1914 Mr J Gordon, farmer, Newton of Lewesk removed a block of stone which lay embedded in the soil about 300 yards SW of the farm-steading and a few yards away from a dry-stone dyke. After the removal symbols were noted on the face which had been hidden. The stone, of red granite 2ft 10ins long, and 7ins thick, is the only example known to have a rectangle with rod attached. It has been placed beside the 3 symbol stones (NJ72NW 7) at Logie House.

J Ritchie 1916; W D Simpson 1943.

Activities

Field Visit (11 March 1969)

This symbol stone has been removed to NJ 7049 2592, where it lies recumbent. Its exact find spot could not be ascertained.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (NKB), 11 March 1969.

Reference (1985)

This stone, of reddish coloured granite, formerly at Logie House (NJ 7049 2592) and now lost, measures 0.85m by 0.2m and bears a double crescent, 'mirror case' and a rectangle with rod; not all the symbols need be contemporary.

J N G Ritchie 1985.

Reference (1997)

Class I symbol stone bearing a mirror-case at the top and a double crescent at the base.

A Mack 1997.

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