The Glenmorangie Signet

At the end of the eighth century AD, on a windy peninsula in the far North East of Scotland, one of the most significant pieces of early European sculpture, the Hilton of Cadboll Stone, was being carefully carved by the Picts.

Centuries later, battered by time and half destroyed, the original stone was relocated to the National Museum in Scotland for safe keeping. The sculptor Barry Grove was commissioned to recreate the stone by hand with a hammer and chisel. The highly skilled carvings on the Cadboll Stone would come to inspire our brand emblem.

Work began on the front face of this enormous slab of sandstone in 1998 and it would take Barry over fourteen months of painstaking labour before the sculpture, a testament to the skill of both the ancient Pictish and modern day Scottish people, could be re-installed on its original location, on land donated to the Historic Hilton Trust by The Glenmorangie Company.