In August 2019 the news broke that a carved Pictish stone had been discovered at the site of an early Christian church in the Dingwall area.
The stone, thought to have been carved around 1200 years ago, is decorated with a number of Pictish symbols and is likely to have measured more than two metres in height when originally carved. It has been described as bearing two massive beasts “unlike anything found on any other Pictish stone” and has lain on the ground since at least the 1700s when it was reused as a grave marker..
While undertaking a survey of the church site earlier in 2019, Anne Macinnes of the North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) was clearing vegetation, saw the carving and recognised its importance. Her find was subsequently verified by archaeologists from Highland Council and Historic Environment Scotland.
Gravestone replacing the Pictish stone
The Pictish stone had been used as a grave marker commemorating a McAulay family and so NOSAS arranged to have a replica made and erected. This gained approval from Clan McAulay who gave a generous donation towards the project.
The inscription on the Gravestone reads:
January 2 1796
The two images above show the stone at the consevators
The Pictish Stone goes on Display in Dingwall Museum
NOSAS and the Pictish Arts Society embarked on a campaign to raise the £20,000 estimated to be the cost of restoration. Donations may be made via the link below:
For those who prefer a more traditional method of contributing, cheques (made payable to NOSAS) may be posted, or handed personally, to Mr David Duguid of Picaresque Books, 55 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9HL.
The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) is a membership based voluntary group that seeks to encourage people of all ages to learn about and engage with the archaeology of the North of Scotland, to enjoy it and protect it for the future.