In St Bean‘s church at Fowlis Wester, parts of which date to the 13th century, are two Pictish cross slabs, and fragments of other stones. This cross – the larger of the two – is the original of the copy which stands in the square outside. The smaller cross was found in the wall of the church during restoration in 1927, which stands against the wall behind this cross.
It has suffered weathering as a result of standing in the village, where it is said it was erected after being brought from its original position at the mouth of the Sma’ Glen. It was moved into the church in August 1991 and replaced with a replica.
There are traces of carved birds and beasts at the foot of the shaft. The rear of the stone is much more interesting, as it is covered in Pictish symbols, animals and figures. A double-disc and Z-rod at the top – a common symbol on Pictish stones – may represent a Pictish king, as may a crescent and V-rod symbol towards the bottom.