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Brandsbutt, Inverurie, Symbol Stone

Ogham Inscribed Stone (Pictish), Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Brandsbutt, Inverurie, Symbol Stone

Classification Ogham Inscribed Stone (Pictish), Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Brandsbutt Stone

Canmore ID 18894

Site Number NJ72SE 23

NGR NJ 75992 22403

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

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

Activities

Field Visit (11 March 1964)

The stone is as described above.

Revised at 1/2500

Visited by OS (NKB) 11 March 1964

Desk Based Assessment (1964)

The Class I sculptured stone at Brandsbutt, which measures 3 feet 6 inches high by 4 feet 2 inches wide by about 3 feet thick, bears symbols and an ogham inscription.

J R Allen and J Anderson 1903

The Brandsbutt Stone was broken up to build into a field dyke, but the pieces have now been put together.

V G Childe and W D Simpson 1961.

The Brandsbutt Class I stone is decorated with a cresecent and V-rod and a serpent and Z-rod symbol, both incised, as well as being marked by a line of Ogams which are certainly contemporary with the symbols. It is a matter for regret that this stone was broken and partly lost in the past; and for congratulation that the remains have now been reassembled and are under guardianship.

R W Feachem 1963.

Information from OS.

Field Visit (1980)

A symbol stone of dark whinstone, 1.06m x 1.27m x 0.91m bearing a sepent and Z-rod, and crescent symbol. The stone once made up a field-dyke but has now been pieced together, to reveal an ogam inscription.

Visited by R Jones 1980.

Photographic Survey (December 1982)

Field visit by Grampian Regional Council archaeologists. (GRC/AAS ground photography listed).

NMRS, MS/712/72, visited December 1982

(GRC/AAS ground photography listed).

NMRS, MS/712/72, visited December 1982 and 23 August 1990.

Publication Account (1986)

A great, grey slab, once broken up but now restored, bearing an incised crescent and V-rod, a fine, scaley serpent and Z-rod with simple terminals, all carved in a broad confIdent line. Running up the left hand side of the stone is a typical Pictish ogam inscription in which the guide-line has been drawn in. It can be transliterated IRATADDOARENS, which may be similar to the Newton House stone (N] 662297) IDDARRNNN. This has been linked with Eddarrnonn, a possible rendering of St Ethernanus. It reinforces the interpretation of the symbol stones as some form of personal memorial.

The stone is adjacent to the site of a stone circle, now marked out in the grass.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Grampian’, (1986).

Photographic Survey (23 August 1990)

Field visit by Aberdeenshire Archaeology Service. (GRC/AAS ground photography listed).

NMRS, MS/712/72, visited 23 August 1990.

Publication Account (1996)

A great, grey slab, once broken up but now restored, bearing an incised crescent and V-rod, a fine, scaley serpent and Z-rod with simple terminals, all carved in a broad confident line. Running up the left hand side of the stone is a typical Pictish ogam inscription in which the guideline has been drawn in. It ca n be transliterated IRATADDOARENS, which may be similar to the Newton House stone (N] 662297) IDDARRNNN. This has been linked with Eddarrnonn, a possible renderin g of St Ethernanus. It reinforces the interpretation of the symbol stones as some form of personal memorial.

The stone is adjacent to the site of a stone circle, now marked out in the grass; two of the stones of the circle survive in the drystone dyke to the N.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Aberdeen and North-East Scotland’, (1996).

Reference (1997)

Class I symbol stone : crescent and V-rod over a serpent and Z-rod with an Ogam inscription on the left.

A Mack 1997.

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