Rodney's Stone is a two-metre high Pictish cross slab now located close on the approach way to Brodie Castle, near Forres. It was originally found nearby in the grounds of the old church of Dyke and Moy. It is classed as a Class II Pictish stone, meaning that it has a cross on one face, and symbols on the other. On the symbols face, at the top, are two fish monsters; below is a 'Pictish Beast', and below that a double disc and z-rod. On the cross face there is a cross and some animals.

The stone is most notable, however, for its inscription, which is found on both of the sides and on the cross face. It is the longest of all Pictish inscriptions, and like most Pictish inscriptions, is written in the Ogham alphabet. Much of the inscription is weathered, but it does contain the Pictish name Ethernan (a prominent Pictish saint), written as EDDARRNON.



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Founded: 500-800 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom

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David Bruce (10 months ago)
Astonishingly detailed, Trajan inspired carved obelisk like column which already an established landmark when the (real) King Macbeth ruled in Alba-Scotland from Forres
Judith Jamieson (11 months ago)
Stunning! Amazing to see and just look at history. Would recommend a visit
Kenny MacCormack (12 months ago)
Martin Gibson (13 months ago)
Very interesting
Sambavi Jeyadasan (13 months ago)
A hidden gem with superb inscriptions and an information board with other places to visit on it too! Not crowded at all. I recommend for anyone looking for a hidden historical site! It is super easy to reach too, just turn left from the main road and you will soon reach the stone if you keep going straight. There is a parking place for a single car but as not many people visit it this is mostly not preoccupied. Anyways, enjoy your visit!
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