Rodney's Stone

Forres, United Kingdom

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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Leanda Denton (2 years ago)
Interesting piece of history, amazing age..Will worth a look even just to get that feeling of ancestors and their lives
Hayley Stanley (3 years ago)
Amazing to just come across free history like this! We only stopped as our curiosity was caught from a brown sign - so like all good stories we followed it to the stone! (lots of parking and although an end road there is a large turn around and good assesibility) It is a fascinating piece of history, and there are some information boards next to it. I appreciated seeing it under its original sky and not the lights of a museum.
Tris Gilbert (3 years ago)
Amazing stone that experts are still debating about what the pictures on it actually mean
David Bruce (4 years 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 (4 years ago)
Stunning! Amazing to see and just look at history. Would recommend a visit
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