Sueno’s Stone, A giant stone carving

Sueno's Stone,

Sueno’s Stone

Sueno’s Stone is not only the giant of stone carving in Scotland, but is also a superb survivor. It sits in its large glass house like a monument to the Scots and Picts as it dates from around the time when both cultures were clashing and merging into the new country of Alba.

Sitting proudly at 6.5 metres (21 feet) high, it can be found on the edge of Forres in Moray in the north east of Scotland, about 22 miles east from the battlefield of Culloden. The road sign posts take you down a residential area until you reach a dead end and the Stones resting place.

The Stone appears on Timothy Pont’s Mapp of Murray (c 1590), the military maps of Roy 1750 and Ainslie 1789 and Robert Campbell’s map of 1790. These maps all show that there was another stone beside it, but has since disappeared.

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How to get there –

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/57%C2%B036%2756.7%22N+3%C2%B035%2751.8%22W/@57.61575,-3.5977333,12z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

There is much information available on the Sueno’s Stone and well worth a read before you visit it, some of which is detailed below —

http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/15785/details/forres+sueno+s+stone/

http://www.pictishstones.org.uk/pictishstones/pictishstoneshome/aboutthepicts/carvedstones/3dscans/suenos_stone.htm

http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=7249

The stone’s fame has even made its way into the world of Scottish country dancing with the dance known as Sueno’s Stone. http://www.scottish-country-dancing-dictionary.com/video/suenos-stone.html

4 thoughts on “Sueno’s Stone, A giant stone carving

  1. Grocer’s apostrophes to be removed from “it’s” in first and last paragraphs. This is such an interesting site, that you’re as well being pedantic!

  2. The ‘lost’ second stone couldn’t be the one that turned up in Elgin Cathedral in 1823, could it? Stranger things have happened!

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