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Renfrew, 'argyll Stone' & 'st Conval's Chariot

Cross (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Renfrew, 'argyll Stone' & 'st Conval's Chariot

Classification Cross (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 43064

Site Number NS46NE 12

NGR NS 49471 67830

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Renfrewshire
  • Parish Renfrew (Renfrew)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Renfrew
  • Former County Renfrewshire

Archaeology Notes

NS46NE 12 49471 67830.

(NS 4947 6782) Argyll Stone (NR)

OS 1:10000 map (1974)

Two stones, one the pediment and the other the base of a cross said to have been erected to the memory of St Conval, (said by Fordun to be buried at Inchinnan: NS46NE 7) were moved to Blythswood policies before 1836, where they were surrounded by an ornamental fence. The whereabouts of the remainder of the cross are not known. The pediment stone is now called the Argyle Stone, as it is said that the Earl of Argyle rested here after his capture in 1685. Water from the hollow in the cross- base, St Conval's Chariot, was said to have healing and medicinal properties.

J A Dunn 1971; New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845 (D MacFarlan); R McClelland 1905

The two stones, surrounded by iron railings, occupy a site now overgrown with trees and bushes. They are approximately 1.0m in length, 0.5m in width and 0.7m in height; "the hollow in 'St Conval's Stone' is approximately 9 ins in diameter and 7 ins deep".

Visited by OS (WMJ) 3 September 1951 and OS Reviser 12 January 1960


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