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The Invergordon Archive

Pictish Stone
The Invergordon Archive
Pictish Stone

The Hilton of Cadboll, which was in the grounds of Invergordon Castle, is now in the National Museum of Edinburgh
Picture added on 18 April 2004
This was located in the American Garden, betweeen what is now the town and Rosskeen. This land now forms part of the course at Invergordon Golf Club.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 15 June 2004
It would be interesting to know the significance of this stone, why was it located in the grounds of Invergordon Castle and when was it moved...what do the graphics depict? Why was it moved to Edinburgh - it is part of Invergordon history....I also recall a stone by Dalmore on the side of the road, which I think indicated the spot where the last wolf was shot? Wonder if that is still there...
Added by Harry on 24 March 2005
The stone you mention by Dalmore is likely to be the one that stil stands within the entrance to Dalmore distillery at the Alness end of the road.
Added by Keith Bowler on 12 December 2006
Just checked out that stone at Dalmore and it is to depict the taking of communion by covenanters in 1675. May have been on the side of the road, but now inside the perimeter fence of the distillery. The last wolf stone is situated, I am told, in Brora.
Added by Keith Bowler on 12 December 2006
The Hilton of Cadboll Stone is a Class II Pictish stone discovered at Hilton of Cadboll, on the Tarbat Peninsula in Easter Ross, Scotland. It is one of the most magnificent of all Pictish cross-slabs. On the seaward-facing side is a Christian cross, and on the landward facing side are secular depictions. The latter are carved below the Pictish symbols of crescent and V-rod and double disc and Z-rod: a hunting scene including a woman wearing a large penannular brooch riding side-saddle.
The stone was formerly in the vicinity of a chapel just north of the village. It was removed to Invergordon Castle in the 19th century, before being donated to the British Museum. The latter move was not popular with the Scottish public, and so it was moved once more, to the Museum of Scotland, where it remains today.
Added by Colin David Mackenzie on 14 December 2006
I think that the stone at Dalmore, at the entrance to Dalmore Distillery, commemorates one of the last Presbyterian Conventicles. I am not too well up on my history but my understanding was that Conventicles were open air religious gatherings held in defiance of Scotland's rulers of the time who wished to outlaw Presbytrianism in favour of Catholicism. I am not sure about this or the historical timescale - perhaps somebody else might be able to clarify for us. I too have heard the story about the last wolf but I think it is the Conventicle that the stone relates to. I will have a look and verify if nobody else can clarify.
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 14 December 2006
Thanks all, I remember seeing the stone but it's been over 50 years and I knew it commemorated the last something and wolf came to mind. Happy to hear that the Hilton of Cadboll stone was moved to the Museum of Scotland rather than the British Museum.....It certainly has been moved a lot from the original find which was on the Tarbat Peninsula....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 15 December 2006
Colin, you seem to have a good knowledge of Pictish stones. Could you elaborate more on Classes? I.E. what would be the difference between a Class II and a Class I if there is such a type?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 15 December 2006
Pictish stones are categorised into three groups following the system established in 1903 by J. Romilly Allen and Joseph Anderson as follows:
Class I: are undressed stones, bearing no Christian iconography; the decorative features consist of symbols which are incised with frequent addition of similarly incised curved or spiral lines.
Class II: are upright cross-slabs (stones that have been dressed into an approximately rectangular shape) that feature a Christian cross, normally in an interlace design, sculptured in relief on the front of the slab, with symbols similarly carved in relief on the back.
Class III: are generally Christian, but do not feature any symbols. They are much more varied in form and include both recumbent and upright cross-slabs as well as upright free-standing crosses.
Added by Rod Bell on 16 December 2006
Harry, the stone you refer to is situated in one of Gill Rosskeen's fields beside the current Boating Club site...you will probably remember the old wartime camp which was just along the road a bit towards Alness but up close to the Railway line so really quite a bit of history there.
Added by Duncan Murray on 21 December 2006
Interesting Duncan, I don't remember seeing any stone in Gill's fields (and I caught many a Hare there). Did it have any inscription and is it still there? I do remember the camp you mention....or was it a tinkers' camp?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 22 December 2006
The stone Duncan is referring to is the Clach a'Mheirleich or Thief's Stone, which is a few yards off the road opposite the Boating Club. It's a Bronze Age standing stone with Pictish symbols added to it in probably the 6th or 7th centuries. Three very worn symbols are visible if the light is right - a step, pincers, and a group of arcs which might be the remains of the relatively common crescent and V rod. (See picture #933)
Added by Estelle Quick on 23 December 2006
Harry and Duncan, I remember the old wartime camp there too, but I think that it was taken over as a tinkers' camp as I knew a girl who lived there in one of the nissan huts. Regarding the stone, I too, thought it was to commemorate the last Presbyterian Conventicle, Graham.
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 23 December 2006
Yes Harry, as of today it was still there, no inscription that I know of but it is the one (I've always been told ) that supposedly commemorates the last wolf being killed, its about 6 feet high and about 12/18inches diameter - not sure if it's granite or sandstone and it stands about 200 yards north of the Boating Club.
Added by Duncan Murray on 23 December 2006
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