Stone carving mystery solved

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The mysterious origins of a carved stone by Scurdieness Lighthouse in Ferryden are not as ancient as was originally thought.

A photograph of the unusual carving was sent into the Review by Glaswegian Gordon Greenshields, a regular visitor to Montrose, who appealed for readers to get in touch with us if they knew more about the artwork.

Mr Greenshields also sent the picture to the Montrose Museum, who forwarded it onto the county archeologist.

The Glaswegian said the archeologist believed the carving to be around 100 years old, but the Review has been informed that it was carved in the 1990s by Ferryden artist Adrian Key.

Mr Key’s cousin Linda Neave, of Christie’s Lane in Montrose, told the Review: “I showed Adrian the photograph of the carving and asked if it was one of his and he said yes it is.

“He did it when he was when he was going through his Pictish carving phase.

“The stone was a blank canvas for him to try out his hammer and chisel.”

She added: “I think the stones might have come from the old union mill or the metal bridge which was demolished in the East Links.”

After spotting the carving more than 20 years ago, Mr Greenshields is happy that the puzzling source of the rocks has finally come to light.

For another mystery that the Review helped to solve this week, please turn to page 12.