In a lonely farmers field, near the little Scottish coastal village of Kilrenny, nr. Fife, lies a very strange stone. Easy to miss, it looks like a boundary stone from a distance, but when you get up close to it you will see a strange carving. On the East face is an incised double ringed wheel design with eight petal shaped spokes averaging 13ins long and 3ins in greatest breadth.
No one seems to know anything about it, nor is there any tradition preserved with it. The archaeological sources are very thin on the ground – but the general concensus says it is 7th century, but it’s purpose is unclear.
However, the stone is next to an ancient track way into the village, and the place-name is thought to contain a dedication to Ethernan, a Pictish Saint whose death is recorded in AD 669.
On the nearby Isle of May, a small chapel was built in the 9th Century to house the remains of St. Ethernan, who lived and died on the island. It was built into an existing prehistoric burial mound.
So it is most likely (in my opinion anyway), that that stone has something to do with St. Ethernan, but then again, no one knows. And that is why I find all this ancient history completely fascinating and utterly intriguing.