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TITLE
Ancient Stone (10th Century) in American Gardens, Invergordon
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_5658
PLACENAME
Invergordon
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Rosskeen
PERIOD
1900s; 1910s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
37284
KEYWORDS
postcards
Pictish stones
stones
carved stones
carvings
Picts
standing stones
symbols
Hilton of Cadboll
Cadboll
Ancient Stone (10th Century) in American Gardens, Invergordon

This postcards shows an ancient stone (10th century) in the American Gardens, Invergordon.

The Pictish cross slab of Hilton of Cadboll stood beside the ruined medieval chapel of St Mary's until 1676 when the ornamentation on the cross side was chiselled off so that the stone could be used as a grave slab. A seventeenth century inscription was added. The stone was too heavy to move and was discarded. It lay near the sea shore until c1811 when it was removed to Invergordon Castle. It stood in an area called the American Gardens, now incorporated in Invergordon Golf Course.

The stone was taken to the British Museum in London before being moved to the National Museum in Edinburgh where it remains.

The reverse side of the class II stone has three panels. The top panel shows a double-disc and z-rod above a crescent and v-rod and two discs. The middle panel shows a hunting scene with two warriors, two trumpeters and a deer being attacked by two hounds. Also in the scene is a female side-saddle rider riding abreast with another rider. A mirror and comb case are shown beside them.

The bottom panel contains an interlocking spiral design and there is an inhabited scroll design going up both sides of the stone face. The lower half of the bottom panel was missing until 2001, when it was found buried near the chapel ruins.

In 2000, sculptor Barry Grove, in close consultation with Richard Easson of Tain Civic Trust, undertook a project to recreate the Hilton stone. The reverse side, completed in 2000, is not an exact replica as there were parts missing from the original. The bottom panel of the reconstructed stone was found to be very similar to the original when it was found a year later. A cross side for the reconstructed stone is being carved using the bottom panel and fragments of the original which were excavated in 2001.

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Ancient Stone (10th Century) in American Gardens, Invergordon

ROSS: Rosskeen

1900s; 1910s

postcards; Pictish stones; stones; carved stones; carvings; Picts; standing stones; symbols; Hilton of Cadboll; Cadboll

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This postcards shows an ancient stone (10th century) in the American Gardens, Invergordon.<br /> <br /> The Pictish cross slab of Hilton of Cadboll stood beside the ruined medieval chapel of St Mary's until 1676 when the ornamentation on the cross side was chiselled off so that the stone could be used as a grave slab. A seventeenth century inscription was added. The stone was too heavy to move and was discarded. It lay near the sea shore until c1811 when it was removed to Invergordon Castle. It stood in an area called the American Gardens, now incorporated in Invergordon Golf Course.<br /> <br /> The stone was taken to the British Museum in London before being moved to the National Museum in Edinburgh where it remains.<br /> <br /> The reverse side of the class II stone has three panels. The top panel shows a double-disc and z-rod above a crescent and v-rod and two discs. The middle panel shows a hunting scene with two warriors, two trumpeters and a deer being attacked by two hounds. Also in the scene is a female side-saddle rider riding abreast with another rider. A mirror and comb case are shown beside them.<br /> <br /> The bottom panel contains an interlocking spiral design and there is an inhabited scroll design going up both sides of the stone face. The lower half of the bottom panel was missing until 2001, when it was found buried near the chapel ruins.<br /> <br /> In 2000, sculptor Barry Grove, in close consultation with Richard Easson of Tain Civic Trust, undertook a project to recreate the Hilton stone. The reverse side, completed in 2000, is not an exact replica as there were parts missing from the original. The bottom panel of the reconstructed stone was found to be very similar to the original when it was found a year later. A cross side for the reconstructed stone is being carved using the bottom panel and fragments of the original which were excavated in 2001.