The Maiden Stone  is a Pictish standing stone near Inverurie in Aberdeenshire in Scotland, most likely dating to the 8th century AD.

The name is derived from local legend, incorporating the most obvious mark of wear and tear on the stone: a triangular notch toward the top of the monument.

The legend states that the daughter of the Laird of Balquhain made a bet with a stranger that she could bake a bannock faster than he could build a road to the top of Bennachie. The prize would be the maiden’s hand. However, the stranger was the Devil and finished the road and claimed the forfeit. The maiden ran from the Devil and prayed to be saved. The legend finishes by saying that God turned her to stone, but the notch is where the Devil grasped her shoulder as she ran.

Based on the mixture of Pictish and Christian symbols on the stone it is most likely that the stone marks a preaching site during missionary trips to the Picts.

The stone is carved with Christian and Pictish symbology. The west side shows a cross with a human figure between two fish. Below the cross there is a disc shape with a Celtic spiral motif surrounded by a key patterned ring, with simple knotwork patterns in the corners. On the reverse, there are four panels enclosing: several centaur-type figures and a dog; a notched rectangle and Z-rod; a Pictish Beast; and a mirror and comb. There is a knotwork pattern on the narrow north edge and a keywork pattern on the south edge. A portion of the north edge is missing and the patterns are heavily eroded, particularly on the western face.

The human figure and fish are assumed to represent the Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale.

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