Balluderon Stone

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Coordinates: 56°31′34″N 3°01′04″W / 56.5261°N 3.0179°W / 56.5261; -3.0179

The Balluderon Stone
Martin's Stone
Martin's Stone - geograph.org.uk - 14993.jpg
The Balluderon Stone
Material Old Red Sandstone
Size 2 metres (6.6 ft)
Classification Class II cross slab
Symbols Celtic cross (fragmentary)
Mounted figures
Serpent and z-rod
Pictish beast
Present location Balluderon, Angus

The Balluderon Stone, otherwise known as Martin's Stone is a class II Pictish cross slab in situ at Balluderon, Angus, Scotland.

Description[edit]

A slab of Old Red Sandstone, the cross slab is situated in a field and protected by iron fencing.[1] The slab, of which only the lower half remains, bears the remnants of a celtic cross, two mounted riders, a serpent and z-rod symbol and a Pictish beast design. Local tradition associates the slab with the Legend of the Nine Maidens who were devoured by a dragon which was subsequently slain by a hero named Martin. Folk etymology names this as the origin of Strathmartine, the valley in which the slab stands.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fraser, Iain (2008), The Pictish Symbol Stones of Scotland, Edinburgh: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland 

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