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Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Kintradwell

Classification Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Alternative Name(s) Kintradwell 1

Canmore ID 6947

Site Number NC90NW 15

NGR NC 9283 0806

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Loth
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Sutherland

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Kintradwell 1, Sutherland, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 0.97m, W 0.33m, D 0.09m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NC 9316 0838

Present location: Dunrobin Museum (ARC 534), Dunrobin Castle.

Evidence for discovery: found in 1864 near Cinn Trolla broch.

Present condition: some edge damage.


This slab bears two incised symbols: the S symbol and below it the disc and indented rectangle. Both are quite plain.

Date: seventh century.

References: ECMS pt 3, 43; Fraser 2008, no 143.1.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

Archaeology Notes

NC90NW 15 9283 0806

(NC 9283 0806) Symbol Stone found AD 1864 (NAT)

OS 6" map, 1964.

A symbol stone was found in 1864 on the 50ft contour line, 100 yards W of Cinn Trolla Broch (NC90NW 5). It is a slab of sandstone of irregular shape, 3ft 2ins long by 1ft 1ins wide by 3 1/2ins thick, sculptured with incised lines on one face. At the top is the S-shaped symbol and below it the mirror-case symbol. The former is ornamented with curved lines and the latter with concentric circles. It is in Dunrobin Museum.

J Stuart 1856; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1865; J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; RCAHMS 1911.

The engraving (Stuart 1856) is tolerably correct except that the curved line in the middle of the S-shaped symbol is not continuous on both sides, being broken where it joins the two cross lines in the centre.

J A Smith 1875.

Find-spot sited to NC 9283 0806 from information above. This symbol stone is numbered No 7 in Dunrobin Castle Museum.

Visited by OS (W D J) 3 April 1962.

Found and donated by Major Houston (New Accession no: 1864.2) Metric measurements. 0.95m x 0.33m x 0.13m

Information from TS of Catalogue of Dunrobin Museum, by A S Henshall.

Kintradwell 1. Class I symbol stone - showing an ogee over a mirror-case.

A Mack 1997.


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