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East Balhalgardy

Architectural Fragment (Period Unassigned), Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name East Balhalgardy

Classification Architectural Fragment (Period Unassigned), Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) East Balhaggardy; Easter Balhalgardy

Canmore ID 18912

Site Number NJ72SE 4

NGR NJ 7608 2379

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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


East Balhaggardy, Aberdeenshire, Pictish symbol stone fragment

Measurements: H 1.70m, W 0.29m

Stone type: granite

Place of discovery: NJ 7608 2379

Present location: re-used as lintel over a window in a storehouse at East Balhaggardy Farm.

Evidence for discovery: first recorded in 1914.

Present condition: the original large slab has been split longitudinally and trimmed for re-use, and there is surface damage.


This slab is incised with part of a probable double disc and Z-rod symbol comprising a disc with three concentric circles and straight lines belonging to the Z-rod.

Date: seventh century.

References: Ritchie 1915, 33-4; Fraser 2008, no 19.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2017


Measured Survey (6 March 1964)

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS 6 March 1964.

Field Visit (7 March 1996)

[Classification amended to Pictish Symbol Stone; Architectural Fragment]. The lintel of a farm building in the steading of Easter (East) Balhalgardy (NJ72SE 145) is probably a Class I Pictish symbol stone. The stone has probably been trimmed for reuse, but its face bears three concentric incised circles, possibly forming part of a double-disc symbol, and to its left, an incised line. Immediately above the lintel is a reused architectural fragment with a simple roll-moulding along its upper edge.

Visited by RCAHMS (IF, JRS), 7 March 1996.

Reference (1997)

Class I symbol stone showing a disc.

A Mack 1997

Desk Based Assessment

NJ72SE 4 7608 2379.

This fragmentary stone is now a lintel above a window at East Balhalgardy; it bears what may be part of a double disc symbol. Thomas (1963) describes a circular disc and traces of another, indecipherable, symbol.

J Ritchie 1915; C Thomas 1963; RCAHMS 1985.

Information from OS.


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