• St Orland's Stone, Angus •
Standing well hidden in between fields deceptively near Forfar and Kirriemuir, this stone is exceptional in that it is the only known depiction of a boat in early mediaeval Scottish stonework.
Created in the 8th - 9th century, this stone bears a significant deal of weathering; in addition to the break running across the stone, there is a section missing which seems to suggest the removal of an inlaid fragment. 🤔
Despite the damage, the stone's beauty and significance is apparent to all who see it. Below the classically Pictish symbols at the top of the stone, there is a scene with dogs and hunters on horseback, a boat full of people, and two fantastical creatures. The other face bears a cross carved in relief, with some interlace still visible at the base.