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Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Sandness

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Sandness Church; Sandness, St Margaret's Kirk

Canmore ID 228

Site Number HU15NE 8

NGR HU 1912 5765

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Walls And Sandness
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland


Sandness, Shetland, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H c 1.10m, W c 0.41m, D c 0.08m

Stone type:

Place of discovery: HU c 1912 5765

Present location: lost.

Evidence for discovery: the stone was seen and sketched by George Low in 1774, when it was in the wall of the church at Sandness, evidently with the carved face outwards. The church was demolished in 1792 and a new one built, and the stone was lost (or built into the new church) by the time that Sir Henry Dryden searched for it in the mid nineteenth century.

Present condition:


This was a rectangular slab with three Pictish symbols incised upon one broad face. There was a rectangle with simple internal ornament over an arch or horseshoe symbol, and below was a large mirror symbol with a double-ball handle.

Date: seventh century.

References: Low 1879, 121; Ritchie 1997, 36-7; Fraser 2008, no 199; Scott & Ritchie 2009, no 1.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

Archaeology Notes

HU15NE 8 1912 5765

For Sandness, St Margaret's Kirk, see HU15NE 39.

A symbol stone, noted and sketched by Low, in the wall of Sandness Church, is now lost. It bears a rectangle, horse-shoe and mirror.

G Low 1879; J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; RCAHMS 1946; RCAHMS 1985.

Class I symbol stone (lost) bearing a horseshoe with a rectangle above and a mirror below.

A Mack 1997.


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