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Logie Elphinstone

Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Logie Elphinstone

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Logie House Policies; Logie Elphinstone No. 3; Moor Of Carden

Canmore ID 18856

Site Number NJ72NW 7.03

NGR NJ 7034 2588

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Chapel Of Garioch
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Gordon
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Logie Elphinston 3, Aberdeenshire, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 1.07m above ground, W 0.71m, D 0.18m

Stone type: whinstone

Place of discovery: NJ c 69 26

Present location: set upright in the grounds of Logie Elphinstone House, to the west of the house at NJ 7033 2588.

Evidence for discovery: this was one of four stones found lying on the ground on the Moor of Carden to the west of Logie Elphinstone House in or prior to about 1821. At that time the moor was planted and three of the stones were built into the enclosing wall, while the fourth (which is not known certainly to have been carved) was used as a floor slab in a kiln and ‘split by the heat and destroyed’. The three symbol stones were subsequently removed from the wall and erected in the house grounds.

Present condition: weathered.


One broad face of this slab is incised with two Pictish symbols, both poorly drawn: a Pictish beast above a crescent and V-rod.

Date: seventh century.

References: ECMS pt 3, 177; Fraser 2008, no 32.3.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017

Archaeology Notes

NJ72NW 7.03 7034 2588.

No. 3. This stone measures 1.06m x 0.7m x 0.018m and is roughly rectangular in shape. An elephant and crescent with V-rod symbol are incised.

J Skene 1832; J Stuart 1856; J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; I Henderson 1967.


Note (6 August 2002)

From the above it is possible that the 'fish-monster' illustrated by Allen and Anderson (1903, 129), may actually be comprised of two separate symbols: the fish or salmon and a wolf-like beast's head.

Information from RCAHMS (IFr), 6 August 2002.


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