Clach a' Charridh

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Reverse, landward side. This is a 19th-century illustration.
Clach a' Charridh, Landward side

The Clach a' Charridh or Shandwick Stone is a Class II Pictish stone located near Shandwick on the Tarbat peninsula in Easter Ross, Scotland.

Scotland Highlands Shandwick Stone.jpg

Carving[edit]

It is a Class II stone, with the cross facing the seaward side, and the secular scene facing inland.[1] The latter contains six panels, the first (from top to bottom) being a standard Pictish double-disc, the second being a Pictish Beast and the third being a possible hunting scene, with warriors depicted alongside an eagle, a boar, and various other creatures. The bottom three panels consist of woven patterns. The stone is now encased in a glass cover room.

History[edit]

The Gaelic name (Clach a’ Charaidh) means ‘stone of the grave-plots’. A burial ground here was recorded in 1889 as last used during the cholera epidemic of 1832 and ploughed under about 1885.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Shandwick Stone". Highland Council: Historic Environment Record. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Pictish Trail". Highland Council: Historic Environment Record. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  • Scott, Douglas, The Stones of the Pictish Peninsulas, (Hilton Trust, 2004)

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Coordinates: 57°44′51″N 3°55′29″W / 57.74750°N 3.92472°W / 57.74750; -3.92472