This Class I symbol stone was discovered along with Rhynie 2 during roadworks near the Plough Inn (at NJ 4985 2702) around 1836 and they were placed beside Howies Inn until they were moved to the centre of the market square in 1864. When the war memorial was built around 1918 the stones were set up flanking a gate at the north-west end of the square, with this stone on the west side.
The stone is carved with the figure of a man carrying a small rectangular shield and a spear which terminates in a bulbous end at its lower end. Below the figure are some curved lines, interrupted by a break in the stone, which may represent another symbol. The stone’s surface is flaking off and this has obscured some areas of the carvings.
Alternative names for Rhynie 3
Plough Inn; Rhynie Plough Inn