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Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Kintore

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Castle Hill; Kintore No. 3

Canmore ID 18591

Site Number NJ71NE 32.02

NGR NJ 7939 1634

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Kintore 3, Aberdeenshire, Pictish symbol stone fragment

Measurements: H 1.07m, W 0.91m, D 0.23m

Stone type: red granite

Place of discovery: NJ 7939 1634

Present location: National Museums Scotland (X.IB.23)

Evidence for discovery: discovered when a motte was demolished to enable the construction of the railway in 1854, and purchased by NMAS in 1865.

Present condition: broken edges and worn.


Two incised symbols survive at one end of this stone, but there are traces above them of another carving of which only a squared end may be seen. The two symbols are a double crescent and a tuning fork.

Date: seventh century.

References: ECMS pt 3, 171-4; Fraser 2008, no 30.2.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017

Archaeology Notes

NJ71NE 32.02 7939 1634

No. 3. Another symbol stone was found on Castle Hill. Also of red granite, it is of irregular shape, 1.06m x 0.9m x 23cm and bears a pair of ornamental crescents arranged back to back, and the 'tuning-fork' symbol. Bought by the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS) in 1865 (Accession no. IB 23).

J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; NMAS 1892; J Stuart 1856; Information from R Jones 1980.


Reference (1994)

These symbol stones are held in the Royal Museum of Scotland under accession numbers IB 22 and IB 23.

RCAHMS 1994.

Reference (1997)

Two Class I symbol stones.

Kintore 2 : on the face an elephant above a double-disc and Z-rod and on the reverse a mirror above an elephant.

Kintore 3 : a double-crescent with tuning fork to the right.

A Mack 1997.


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