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A mention with details for three stones that aren't on Canmore.
"The Book of Orphir" mentions a Giant's Stone on Ruff Hill in Orphir, that had the mark of the thumbprint of the giant's failed put from Hoy. No stone is shown on the 1882 map for what is called Gruf Hill but it could be by the Scorradale road below this.
Another failed stone is another of Cubbie Roo's misses, this one on the mainland in Evie being a failed shot on Hoy. It has/had several holes caused by his fingers, according the Orkney Name books. Cobbie/Cubbie Roo's Stone is shown on the 1882 map at HY36712306, between (but to the east of) South Kews and the Styes of Aikerness mound. No stone shown on CANMAP.
Also not on CANMAP is the Stone of Whilcoe, marking the boundary of Birsay and Harray and Sandwick. The 1882 map shows it at HY29612803, the south side of the B9057 at the NE end of Dounby on the 1:25,000 of today. Must look for it - surely rather than a boundary stone where three parishes meet it is/was where they issued from ?
Other stones not on Canmore I know of are the Mark/March Stone of Gaitnip, the Mark Stone of Dalespot HY45690594 on the same St.Ola-Holm boundary, and a different Gray Stone along the Holm-Tankerness parish boundary at HY50150484 near Hamly Hill. Perhaps I missed a few more in the Orkney Name Books.
wideford Posted by wideford
26th September 2005ce
Edited 26th September 2005ce

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