FP100: No. 86

The Dogton Stone
The Dogton Stone

The Dogton Stone

The Dogton Stone, which stands in a field close to Cardenden, is a rare example of a Pictish free-standing cross.

Such crosses were never that common and only fragments tend to survive now.

Surrounded by a black wrought iron fence, only the base and the lower part of the cross-shaft remain of the Dogton Stone.

Its decorative carving is now badly weathered and faded, but you can just make out an image of an armed horseman above two intertwinded serpents.

The form and design of the cross suggests that it dates back to around AD 900.

The fact that the base has survived quite well, indicates that the cross would have stood at that exact spot all those years ago. This is quite rare for Pictish monuments.

But why the cross was erected here is a mystery. It is unknown whether it marked a religious site, or why it depicts a horseman and serpents.

We know very little about the Picts, but they leave behind a lasting reminder of their existence with the presence of more than 200 carved stones scattered across the country.