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Hunters Hill, Thornton Standing Stone

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

Site Name Hunters Hill, Thornton Standing Stone

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

Alternative Name(s) Loanhead; Glamis No. 1; Hunter's Hill Standing Stone, Thornton

Canmore ID 32064

Site Number NO34NE 17

NGR NO 39379 46545

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Angus
  • Parish Glamis
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Angus
  • Former County Angus


Glamis 1, Hunter’s Hill, Glamis, Angus, Pictish cross-slab

Measurements: H 1.52m +, W 0.71m, D 0.05m-0.15m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NO 3937 4654

Present location: in situ on Hunter’s Hill within small iron railing enclosure in a plantation of trees.

Evidence for discovery: known from at least the early 18th century to be standing on the north slope of Hunter’s Hill. Location marked on the 1st edition 1 inch map (1843-1882), at which time there was no plantation.

Present condition: worn and top corner damaged.


Roughly dressed to a slightly arched top, the slab is carved in low relief and incision on both sides. Face A bears an equal-armed cross with a central roundel and wide open rounded armpits, set on a shaft the base of which is below ground level. The cross is framed by a roll moulding and filled with interlace ornament, with key pattern in the roundel. Above the top of the side-arms the edge of the slab has a frame carved as a two-cord twist. To the left of the upper arm is a winged figure facing right, with double spirals at the joints of the double wings. To the right of the upper arm is an animal-headed figure in a tunic facing right towards a damaged but apparently smaller figure facing left, and the two appear to be grappling. Below the side-arms on the left is a seated deer with antlers facing left and below it the foreleg of another animal the rest of which is missing. On the right are two animals one above the other facing left, and a triple disc symbol above a flower symbol. On the irregular face C are traces of an incised animal facing right, above a deeply incised serpent.

Date range: seventh to ninth century.

References: Gordon 1726, 163: ECMS pt 3, 221, no 1; Fraser 2008, no 60.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

Archaeology Notes

NO34NE 17 39379 46545

(NO 3937 4654) Standing Stone (NR) (Sculptured)

OS 6" map, (1959)

This cross-slab, classified as Class I, re-used in the Class II (9th - 10th century AD.) period, is located in a wood near Thornton. It is 5' high, and 2'4" broad. On one side is an interlaced cross, with human figures, animals and other symbols. On the reverse is a beast, a serpent and part of a mirror. The area around it was excavated in 1855, but nothing was found.

A Jervise 1859; J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; G B Mitchell 1935; I Henderson 1960; RCAHMS 1983


Field Visit (16 July 1969)

This cross slab, although now slightly weathered, is as described above.

Visited by OS (W D J) 16 December 1969.

Reference (1997)

Class II symbol stone - Glamis 1. On E face are a cross with an angel, two figures,two deer and two other unidentified animals. A triple disc above a flower are below these. On the reverse a beast above a serpent beside a mirror.

A Mack 1997

Laser Scanning (2 February 2012)

A high-resolution laser scan survey was undertaken of the Pictish symbol stone at Hunter's Hill, near Glamis, in February 2012. A solid mesh was produced, along with a series of visualisations of the carving.

Information from Oasis (aocarcha1-122647) 18 May 2012


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