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Ring of Bookan



If the folklore tradition is correct this would surely be the place for the ceremonies - perhaps adaptation for the same has resulted in the confused form visible today.
In 1849 it is recorded that the late Mansie Hay used the "Druidical circle of Wasbuster" as a law thing - think Tingwall by the Rousay Ferry in Evie. Perhaps the chamber was used in the adaptation or revealed by the work, so leaving it open to such deterioration that it did not survive to the present day in a recognisable state. Thomas' 1849 description would identify Mansie Hay's seat as the large triangular stone in the middle.
The alternative name of Black Hill of Warbister would relate this site to Viking vardr 'beacon' (as with The Wart in S.Ronaldsay, the Verron broch at Skaill Bay and the Point of Veron mound near Voy).
wideford Posted by wideford
9th January 2006ce
Edited 12th April 2010ce

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"after the party had partaken of a picnic... on the green sward of the Druidical circle of Wasbuster, whilom the seat of the lawting of the late redoubtable Mansie Hay, who settled all difficulties in the vicinity "
1936 "It's been partly explored, but from what I can gather there is a superstition that something fearful will happen to the persons who venture to probe too deeply into its hidden mysteries"
wideford Posted by wideford
31st January 2010ce
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