Kettins Pictish Cross-Slab
Coupar Angus, Perthshire
Pictish Stone Class III Canmore

This very worn and weathered class III slab was for a long time used as a footbridge across a burn. It now stands in a nearby churchyard.

The cross is very worn, and hardly anything can be seen to the left of the cross shaft.

On the right of the shaft are four panels containing (from the top):

  • a creature of some kind. At the left hand end of the body, there is what could be the head of a pictish beast - however, the legs are those of a horse or dog;
  • a griffin, or possibly a winged horse;
  • three cloaked figures. Elizabeth Sutherland describes this panel as a man in a cloak with two beast-masked men on either side. She must have better eyes than me;
  • the bottom panel is totally unclear to me. Elizabeth Sutherland again: two beasts with crossed bodies biting each other's tails.

Images ©1999 Martin McCarthy, Theasis Photography

Nearby Sites

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10km Courthill Stone Standing Stone
10km Wolfhill Stones Standing Stones
11km Barry Hill Iron Age Hill Fort
12km Blackfaulds Stone Circle
12km Woodside, Hill of Drimmie Stone Circle
13km Bullion Pictish Stone Pictish Symbol Stone Class III
13km Druids Seat Wood Stone Circle
13km Mains of Creuchies Stone Circle
14km Colen Wood Stone Circle
14km Murthly Pictish Stone Pictish Symbol Stone Class III
14km Shianbank Stone Circles
15km Murrayshall Standing Stone
19km Perth Museum Pictish Stones
(NB: All distances are as-the-crow-flies. Lochs, mountains and beautiful winding roads will make it further. Sometimes much further.)