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Balluderon, 'st Martins Stone'

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

Site Name Balluderon, 'st Martins Stone'

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

Alternative Name(s) Balkello; Martin's Stone

Canmore ID 31864

Site Number NO33NE 2

NGR NO 3748 3758

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Angus
  • Parish Tealing
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District City Of Dundee
  • Former County Angus


Balluderon, St Martin’s Stone, Angus, Pictish cross-slab fragment

Measurements: H 2.0m, W 0.68m, D 0.17m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NO 3748 3758

Present location: in situ within a railed enclosure in a field.

Evidence for discovery: first recorded around 1832.

Present condition: weathered and missing its top portion.


This is the lower part of a cross-slab, which is carved in relief with a flat-band edge and the base of a cross outlined by a roll moulding. The base contains a rider and horse facing left: the horse is trotting and its right foreleg extends into the frame moulding. The rider is sitting on a saddle cloth, beneath the cross-base on the right is another horse and rider in similar pose, and here the rider is clearly wearing a small circular shield. In front of him is a Pictish beast symbol, below which is a serpent and Z-rod symbol.

Date range: eighth or ninth century.

Primary references: Skene 1832, 15; ECMS pt 3, 215-16; Fraser 2008, no 55.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2018


Reference (1845)

'Martin's Stone': a broken cross-slab standing within an iron fence, is as described and illustrated.

New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845.

Reference (1903)

Martin's Stone is an upright cross-slab (Class II) 4' high by 2'3" wide, sculptured in relief on one side.

J R Allen and J Anderson 1903.

Field Visit (1980)

Measuring 2m x 0.68m x 0.17m, it is of sandstone and is broken away at the top. On one face the lower end of a cross-shaft bearing a horseman, the elephant, serpent and 2-rod symbols and a second equestrian figure are carved in relief.

Visited by R Jones, 1980.

Reference (1997)

Class II symbol stone. On the east face are part of a cross with two mounted figures beside which is an elephant over a serpent and Z-rod.

A Mack 1997.

External Reference (7 December 1998)

The monument comprises a Pictish cross-slab dating to the second half of the 1st millennium AD. It stands, within a small railed enclosure, in an area of arable farmland, at around 150m OD and comprises a sandstone slab measuring about 2m high by about 0.7m wide and some 0.2m in thickness.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 7 December 1998.


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