|Discovery:||recognised, 1886 Michie, J.|
|History:||Forsyth/1996, 41: `The stone is of such massive proportions that it is unlikely to have been casually moved far, if at all, from its original position. .. The presence of the carving was first pointed out in 1886 by Rev. John G. Michie, Minister of Dinnet, Aberdeenshire. The Earl of Southesk visited it on May Day of that year and gave an account to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland'.|
|Geology:||Forsyth/1996, 43: `Quartzose gneiss'.|
|Dimensions:||0.43 x 0.66 x 0.7 (Forsyth/1996, 43)|
Forsyth/1996, 41; `The stone is of such massive proportions that it is unlikely to have been casually moved far'.
Forsyth/1996, 43; `A natural rectangular monolith, undressed and shaped'.
Allen/Anderson/1903, 203: `a rude unshaped pillar'.
|Condition:||complete , good|
Forsyth/1996, 43; `Good, some wear at arris'.
Forsyth/1996, 43-44 discusses earlier claims that this stone was engraved with Pictish symbols stones, but concludes that, `The presence of Pictish symbols can be dismissed'.
|Allen, R. (1903):||VUONON[.]TEDOV|
Allen/Anderson/1903 204 reading only
|Forsyth, K.S. (1996):||VU[N!][N]ON[A]TEDOV[U!][N!][I!]|
Forsyth/1996 47 substantial discussion
|Position:||SE ; arris ; beside cross ; undivided|
Allen/Anderson/1903, 204: `an ogham inscription on one angle reading from the bottom upwards'.
|Date:||400 - 700 (Forsyth/1996)|
|Palaeography:||Forsyth/1996, 47: `...very short strokes/notches for vowels and no drawn-in stem line'.|
Forsyth/1996, 44: `The inscription...is very clear'.