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Kintore, symbol stone near church

A Scheduled Monument in East Garioch, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.2368 / 57°14'12"N

Longitude: -2.3445 / 2°20'40"W

OS Eastings: 379301

OS Northings: 816284

OS Grid: NJ793162

Mapcode National: GBR XB.6PV5

Mapcode Global: WH8P2.YCQJ

Entry Name: Kintore, symbol stone near church

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1923

Last Amended: 9 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM76

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: symbol stone

Location: Kintore

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: East Garioch

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises a symbol stone which was dug up in Kintore churchyard and was erected on a new stone base in 1854. The stone was scheduled in 1923 but the scheduling was not properly recorded at the time. The present proposal rectifies this.

It now stands cemented into its stone base just inside the gateway to the churchyard. It is grey granite, measuring 1.1m high, 0.6m wide and 0.25m thick. It is incised on the front with the fish and the triple disc and bar symbols, and on the back with the crescent and V-rod and the "elephant" symbols.

The monument to be scheduled comprises the symbol stone and its stone base, in the position marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as representing a good example of a Pictish symbol stone, which contributes to our understanding of the art, religion, society and material culture of the late Iron Age period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Allen and Anderson 1903, III, 171-2

RCAHMS: NJ 71 NE 33.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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