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Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Fyvie

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Fyvie No. 1

Canmore ID 19033

Site Number NJ73NE 1.01

NGR NJ 7684 3777

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Fyvie
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Banff And Buchan
  • Former County Aberdeenshire


Fyvie 1, Aberdeenshire, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 0.68m, W 0.43m

Stone type: whinstone

Place of discovery: NJ c 766 381

Present location: built into the east gable of the chancel of Fyvie church, under the window.

Evidence for discovery: in the 1860s it was built either into the school (Stuart) or into the building opposite the school (OS). The latter is supported by the ECMS record that it was built into the front of the tailor’s shop. It was incorporated into the new chancel of the church in 1903.

Present condition: the slab had been trimmed for re-use as a building stone, and it then broke into two when it was removed. The carving is very weathered.


This slab as it survives is incised with the lower part of a crescent and V-rod, above a Pictish beast facing left and beneath the beast’s head a rudimentary mirror.

Date: seventh century.

References: Stuart 1867, pl 14; OS 1871 1st ed 1-inch sheet 28; ECMS pt 3, 164-5; Fraser 2008, no 23.1.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017


External Reference (1980)

No. 1. In the east gable (rebuilt in c.1904) of the parish church (NJ 7684 3777), is a whinstone slab, 0.76m x 0.61m which was originally at Fyvie schoolhouse (NJ 7656 3810). The crescent with V-rod, the elephant and the mirror with a circular end are inscribed.

Information from R Jones 1980.

Reference (1997)

Two class I symbol stones.

Fyvie 1 : crescent and V-rod over a mirror and an elephant

Fyvie 2 : part of a double-disc above an eagle.

A Mack 1997; (Undated) information in NMRS.


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