The “Hostage Stone” depicts a traumatic event for the inhabitants of Bute. Discovered in excavations beginning in 1999, the stone is now on display in the Bute Museum.
I was lucky enough to photograph the stone on Friday evening when the Isle of Bute Museum held it’s “Night at the Museum” evening. The engraving is quite difficult to make out, so the museum have made a replica which shows the scene depicted in more detail….
Note the tall person with long flowing hair….The “Hostage Stone” was discovered during an excavation of the medieval churchyard on Inchmarnock. It was found in two pieces, roughly 4m apart and a year apart. The smaller piece was found in 2001 during the excavation of an exploratory trench to the north of the medieval church; the larger fragment came to light in 2002 during excavation of the area to the northwest of the church.
Inchmarnock : http://www.lonely-isles.com/inchmarnock/Home.htm