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Logierait Churchyard, Cross Slab

Cross Slab (Pictish), Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Logierait Churchyard, Cross Slab

Classification Cross Slab (Pictish), Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Logierait 1

Canmore ID 26341

Site Number NN95SE 4

NGR NN 96798 52019

NGR Description Centred on NN 96798 52019

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Logierait
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Logierait 1, Perthshire, cross-slab

Measurements: H 1.25m, W 0.58m, D 0.11m

Stone type: micaceous schist

Place of discovery: NN 9679 5201

Present location: in Logierait church.

Evidence for discovery: recognised almost buried in the churchyard in 1877, close to the church, and later set upright.

Present condition: broken and worn, with much of face C missing.


This slab appears not to have been shaped prior to carving the two broad faces in false relief with a roll moulded border. Face A bears a cross outlined with a roll moulding, with a circular centre and with bosses in the circular armpits. The base of the shaft is embellished with incised inturned spirals, and the entire cross is filled with interlace. What remains of a figural panel on face C shows, at the base, a serpent coiled round a straight rod with curlicued terminals, and above a horse and rider. The horse’s front hooves touch the serpent below, and details of its bridle are clear. The rider is armed with a spear and appears to be wearing a garment which is either striped or fringed.

Date: ninth century.

References: Anderson 1878; Fraser 2008, no 187.1.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Logierait 2, Perthshire, Pictish cross-slab

Measurements: H 1.68m, W 0.52m, D 0.14m

Stone type:

Place of discovery: NN 967 520

Present location: within Logierait church.

Evidence for discovery: found lying in the churchyard at Logierait in 1986.

Present condition: extremely worn on both broad faces and possibly deliberately defaced.


Both broad faces of this slab bear traces of both incised and false relief carving. On face A is a quadrilobate cross outlined by roll moulding and with large circular armpits closed with arcs. It bears traces of interlace infilling. There is a large S-dragon on either side of the upper arm, facing one another with a large disc between their open jaws. The disc sinks slightly into the top of the upper arm of the cross. Narrow panels of interlace flank the shaft of the cross.

On face C there are two large Pictish symbols above two horsemen and a hound, and a large incised frame at the base, now empty. The double disc symbol has a rudimentary Z-rod, and beneath it is a serpent and Z-rod. Little detail survives of the two horsemen.

Date: ninth century.

References: Fraser 2008, no 187.2.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

Archaeology Notes

NN95SE 4 Centred on NN 96798 52019

(NN 9679 5201) A symbol stone stands in the churchyard at Logierait, near the church. It is an upright cross-slab (Class II) of whinstone, broken away at the top, 3'3" high above ground level, and 4 1/2" thick. It is sculptured in relief on two faces.

A Anderson 1878; J R Allen and J Anderson 1903.

This cross-slab is as described.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (B S) 16 January 1975.

Class II symbol stone.

Logierait 1: Cross on S.S.E face.On the reverse is a mounted figure below which is a serpent and Z-rod.

A Mack 1997.


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