Old Photograph The Drosten Pictish Stone St Vigeans Scotland

Old photograph of the Drosten Pictish Stone at St Vigeans near Arbroath, Angus, Scotland. The Drosten Stone is a Class 2 cross slab: a flat rectangular stone with a cross carved on one side and symbols on the other. The stone is unusual in having a non ogham inscription. There are many possibilities for the origin of the stone. One is as a monument to a noble or ecclesiastic called Drosten, a common Pictish name related to Tristan, who died in the reign of Uoret and Fergus. The second possibility is a dedication to the popular Pictish Saint Drostan, or perhaps to Saints Drostan and Fergus. The final possibility is that Drosten and Fergus had the stone made.

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