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Aberlemno Scotland - Photos contributed by Jan Davidson & Walter Stewart
Pictish Carved Stone at Aberlemno Cemetery
Info provided by P. Davidson-Peters and headstones photographed by Walter Stewart 2008 - All Rights Reserved.
Top left photo: Headstone which appears to have been erected in memory of John Stewart Skletar, Thomas Thorton who lived in Kirtown, and Isobel Hutchen who died at the age of fifty-seven on 16 Oct 1717.

The other two-sided stone is 7 feet tall and and is believed to have been carved about a hundred years after the Battle of Dunnichen, or about 750 AD. It should be noted that the hole near the top of the slab is not a part of the pictorial, but was rather bored out in modern times as a means to move the object.

The following is a description of the Aberlemno cross slab stone taken from "Around the Ancient City" by David Herschell Edwards, Brechin: "On one side there is a cross in bold relievo, and entirely covered with flowered ornaments. On the reverse, towards the upper part of the stone, is another ornament, having no obvious meaning, but intended for ornament only. Beneath it there are some figures of men on horseback, armed cap-a-pie, with helmets. Two of these men seem to be flying, but a third appears as if he were stopped in his flight by three men on foot, the first of which bears in his hand a weapon of a round form; the second has the same sort of weapon in his left hand, and in his right had a spear which he is pointing at the man on horseback. The third figure is nearly obliterated. Below these are two equestrian figures, one of which holds a baton in his right hand, while the other appears to be in the attitude of encountering him." It thus seems that the figures of armed warriors, &c, on the one side of these stones were symbols of the conflict and the havoc of the war. About the cross on the other side there can be no dubiety. That consecrated symbol not only pointed to the work of Calvary, but told also of the faith which, even in that rude age, those who erected and adorned these stones had in the Saviour."

Note: It is often speculated that the battle being depicted is that of Dunnichen (also known as Nechtansmere) which was fought the 2nd of Mar 685 AD, and according to the BBC, was one of the most decisive in Scottish history and one of the best recorded events in Dark Age Scotland.

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