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Keith Hall

Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Keith Hall

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Keithhall; Caskie Ben; River Don; Caskieben; Keith Hall Policies

Canmore ID 18919

Site Number NJ72SE 46

NGR NJ 7799 2018

NGR Description NJ 7799 2018 and NJ 7880 2135

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Keithhall And Kinkell
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Gordon
  • Former County Aberdeenshire


Keith Hall, Aberdeenshire, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 1.36m (based on Stuart drawing), W 0.63m

Stone type: whinstone

Place of discovery: NJ 7799 2018

Present location: set upright in the grounds of Keith Hall at NJ 7880 2135.

Evidence for discovery: found in the River Don in 1953 and taken to Keith Hall.

Present condition: very weathered.


This substantial boulder is incised with a double disc and Z-rod symbol, above a salmon facing right and below the fish there are comb and mirror symbols.

Date: seventh century.

References: Stuart 1856, pl 37; ECMS pt 3, 170; Fraser 2008, no 27.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017


Field Visit (16 September 1964)

The symbols on the south face of the stone at NJ 7880 2136 are as illustrated by Allen and Anderson (1903), but are very weathered and difficult to decipher.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (NKB) 16 September 1964.

Desk Based Assessment (1964)

NJ72SE 46 7799 2018 and 7880 2135

(NJ 7799 2018) Sculptured Stone at Caskie Ben found AD 1853 (NAT)

(NJ 7880 2135) Sculptured Stone found in River Don AD 1853 (NAT)

OS 6" map, Aberdeenshire, 2nd ed., (1928)

See also NJ72SE 40.

The Class I symbol stone found in the River Don in 1853 about 200 yards above the railway bridge is preserved at Keith Hall. It is 5 feet high and 2 feet wide.

J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; J Stuart 1856.

Information from OS.

(4 September 1980)

(Name cited as Caskieben),

NMRS, MS/712/72, visited 4 September 1980.

Field Visit (4 September 1980)

(Name cited as Caskieben),

NMRS, MS/712/72, visited 4 September 1980.

Field Visit (1980)

Of whinstone, this stone measures 1.5m x 0.61m, and bears a double-disc and Z-rod, the fish and the mirror and comb symbols.

Visited by R Jones 1980.

Reference (1997)

Class I symbol stone showing on the S.S.W.face a double-disc and Z-rod above a salmon which is over a mirror-and-comb.

A Mack 1997.


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