An Angus venue is now offering couples the opportunity to have a fragment of the county’s pagan past incorporated into their wedding ceremonies.
A Pictish stone found on the Kinblethmont Estate can now be provided for use in ceremonies inside the property’s main house or outside in the grounds.
The ancient carved stone is one of only a few still standing where it was discovered, and has been housed at the privately-owned estate near Arbroath since it was turned up during ploughing in 1952. The artefact has now been mounted on to a moveable plinth allowing it to be positioned in any location.
Pagan and ancient rituals such as handfasting and knot tying are becoming increasingly popular at weddings as couples look for symbolic gestures to incorporate into their ceremony.
Many carved stones have been found in the Angus area, which was part of one of the main Pictish kingdoms, and pre-Christian examples are typically carved with sometimes obscure symbols and designs which have puzzled and intrigued scholars for decades.
They vary from the stylised abstract or geometric, the most distinctive aspect of Pictish culture, to depictions of real and mythical creatures and ‘real life’ objects such as mirror and comb, hammer and anvil, tongs and shears.
Around 350 stones have been found across Scotland, mostly north of the central belt and on the eastern side of the country.
The stones are the most visible remaining evidence of the Picts and are thought to date from the 6th to 9th centuries.
Robert Ramsay, owner of Kinblethmont, said: “Over 300 Pictish carved stones have been discovered around Scotland but most have been moved to protected sites.
“We’re very lucky that this one belongs to Kinblethmont House and as the only venue in Scotland with a stone of this historic value on site, we’re in a unique position to offer brides and grooms something that will make their wedding that little bit different and even more memorable.”
Further information is available at www.kinblethmont.com or by telephoning 01241 890204.