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Standing Stone / Menhir


It is singular how tradition, which is sometimes a sure guide to truth, is in other cases prone to mislead us. In the celebrated field of battle at Killiecrankie the traveller is struck with one of those rugged pillars of rough stone which indicate the scenes of ancient conflict.

A friend of the author, well acquainted with the circumstances of the battle, was standing near this large stone, and looking on the scene around, when a Highland shepherd hurried down from the hill to offer his services as cicerone, and proceeded to inform him that Dundee was slain at that stone, which was raised to his memory. ' Fie, Donald ! ' answered my friend; 'how can you tell such a story to a stranger: I am sure you know well enough that Dundee was killed at a considerable distance from this place, near the house of Fascally, and that the stone was here long before the battle, in 1688.'

' Oich ! oich !' said Donald, no way abashed: 'and your honour's in the right, and I see ye ken a' about it. And he wasna killed on the spot neither, but lived till the next morning; but a' the Saxon gentlemen like best to hear he was killed at the great stane.'
Further proof that those rural working class types weren't as daft as the country gentlemen seemed to think sometimes. From the Appendix of Sir Walter Scott's 'Abbot', which is online at Project Gutenberg here:
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
21st September 2006ce
Edited 21st September 2006ce

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