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St Vigeans

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

Site Name St Vigeans

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

Canmore ID 35585

Site Number NO64SW 3.05

NGR NO 6383 4294

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Angus
  • Parish Arbroath And St Vigeans
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Angus
  • Former County Angus


St Vigeans 5 (St Vigianus), Angus, Pictish cross-slab fragment

Measurements: H 0.30, W 0.27m, D 0.27m

Stone type: grey sandstone

Place of discovery: NO c 6384 4289

Present location: in St Vigeans Museum (HES).

Evidence for discovery: found during grave-digging at the east end of the church prior to 1888 and taken into the church. It was taken into St Vigeans Museum in 1960.

Present condition: broken at the top edges and the other edges are original but damaged. Face C has sheared off.


This fragment appears to be the lower portion of a cross-slab, although there is only a short tenon and it may have stood in the slot of a composite monument. Only face A has intact carving, but face C has lost its original surface. Face A is carved in relief with a plain flat-band border containing a heavily delineated double disc and Z-rod symbol with floriated terminals. Above the symbol is a panel of ornament within its own frame, which appears to have involved lentoid motifs.

Date range: eighth or ninth century.

Primary references: ECMS pt 3, 241; Fraser 2008, no 67.5; Geddes 2017, no VIG005.

Desk-based infomation compiled by A Ritchie 2017


Reference (1964)

NO64SW 3.05 6383 4294.

No.5. Fragment of upright cross-slab sculptured on one face, lower part of a rectangular panel (bottom of a cross-shaft). Below it the double-disc and Z-rod. Removed from St Vigeans Church to museum, 1960 (NO 6383 4294).

S Cruden 1964

Reference (1997)

Six class II symbol stones.

St Vigeans 1 (The Drosten Stone) : on cross face decoration including an angel with animals and birds and inscription in Hiberno-Saxon script.On the reverse a complex hunting scene with underneath a double-disc and Z-rod over a crescent and mirror-and-comb.

St Vigeans 2 : cross shaft with a mirror on the left and serpent and Z-rod over an eagle on the right.

St Vigeans 3 : fragment with double-disc and Z-rod.

St Vigeans 4 : on the reverse is a standing figure with vertical double-disc on the right.

St Vigeans 5 : fragment with double-disc and Z-rod on the cross face.

St Vigeans 6 : double-disc and Z-rod on one face.

A Mack 1997


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