Scheduled Monument

Inverallan Churchyard, Symbol Stone and Cross-Incised SlabSM2456

Status: Designated


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Crosses and carved stones: cross-incised stone; symbol stone
Local Authority
Cromdale, Inverallan And Advie
NJ 02664 26041
302664, 826041


The monument consists of a Pictish sculptured symbol stone and a cross-incised stone situated within Inverallan graveyard. The monument was first scheduled on 14 July 1964. On this occasion, an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains: the present rescheduling rectifies this.

The graveyard is the site of church first referred to in 1230 and believed to have been dedicated to St Futach. The buried walls and foundations of the church were uncovered and destroyed shortly before December 1888 when the graveyard was extended. The building had been 80 feet long and 21 feet wide with a cross wall dividing it into two unequal portions. At the W end was found the Pictish symbol stone, now built into the west wall of the grave-yard, c. 40m from the N corner of the graveyard. The stone is a class I symbol stone measuring 1.06m x 0.5m x 0.14m, and is made of blue slate. Although much weathered, the crescent and V-rod, and the two legged rectangle and Z-rod are just discernible.

A freestanding stone slab, with a latin cross on each face, stands in the older part of the graveyard, and is commonly known as the Priest's stone. It measures 1.3m high, 0.6m wide and 0.2m thick.

There are two areas to be scheduled, one around the the Pictish symbol stone and the other around the free-standing cross-incised slab, both extending to 2m around each stone, as indicated by red crosses on the attached map extract.



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