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Fetterangus Church, symbol stone

A Scheduled Monument in Central Buchan, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.5452 / 57°32'42"N

Longitude: -2.0328 / 2°1'58"W

OS Eastings: 398135

OS Northings: 850560

OS Grid: NJ981505

Mapcode National: GBR P8BS.9DQ

Mapcode Global: WH9NT.RM65

Entry Name: Fetterangus Church, symbol stone

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1923

Last Amended: 5 August 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM71

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: symbol stone

Location: Old Deer

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Central Buchan

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises a symbol stone, which although scheduled in 1923 is now being rescheduled to correct deficiencies in the original documentation.

The symbol stone is cemented and clamped to the graveyard wall, just inside and to the right (i.e. S) of the gate. It is fractured into at least four pieces. It is of whinstone, 1m high, 0.4m wide, and a maximum of 0.18m thick, with a roughly rounded top. The face is reasonably flat and, although the carvings are now barely discernible, is inscribed with a scroll, a mirror case and a triple disc with cross bar. According to an inscription, the wall against which it stands was built by subscription in 1877.

The monument to be scheduled comprises the stone as described here at the location marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of the information that it provides on the art, society and material culture of the Picts.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



R.R.Allen and J.Anderson, Early Christian Monuments of Scotland, III (Edinburgh 1903), p. 164.

A.Gibb, PSAS, 12 (1876-8), 196.

RCAHMS, Pictish Symbol Stones: A Handlist 1994 (Edinburgh 1994), p.8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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