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Brandsbutt Stone

This Class 1 stone has a crescent V-rod a snake and a Z-rod carved onto it. An Ogham inscription (along the left hand side) bears the inscription "IRATADDOARENS." The Aberdeenshire Council web site suggests that this inscription could be linked with Eddarrnonn, a possible rendering of St. Ethernanus.

Brandsbutt Stone Brandsbutt Stone, The serpent has scales carved onto the design.

Select site 54 on the map Aberdeenshire Council

Inverurie Kirkyard.

The churchyard is dominated by two earth mounds which were utilised to form a motte or the mound on which a castle was built.

It was a bit of a expedition to find the pictish stones, look under the trees between the railway line and the mounds.

Inverurie pictish stone

Part of a disc and a double disc and Z-rod

Inverurie pictish stone

Part of a disc and an arch (possibly a crescent).

Inverurie pictish stone

Inverurie pictish stone

Above. This stone has a crescent and V-rod, disc and rectangle, a double disc Z-rod and a snake.

Left. There is a carving of a trotting horse, this picture does not do it justice. This is the only instance of a horse has been seen without a rider.

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Easter Aquhorthies

This site is called a recumbent stone circle, that is it features a stone which is lying down. Apologies for the pictures, my visit coincided with a very dreich spell of weather.

The recumbent stone Young "Narky" gives a sense of scale to the recumbent stone. She steadfastly refused lie down and be used as a human sacrifice, children these days.

Stone circle The recumbent stone and four of the eleven erect stones.

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