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From the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, volume 9 (1870-72).

"Notice of the Gallow Hill, Auchterless, and of Circular Foundations and Tumuli, and various Relics discovered there." by James Forrest.

Gallows Hill is just south of Pitglassie stone circle. This article describes the wealth of prehistoric traces that was once there - hut circles, worked flints etc.

The Gallow Hill long bore the character of a haunted place, especially on its southern side, where it slopes into the howe of the Auld Yoch. Many a time, it is said, has some belated wight had to encounter the ghosts of murdered men whose bones lay bleaching on the hillside; and often, too, has the passer-by heard the wailing of some infant crying "Nameless," " Nameless." But these superstitious fears, and even the traditions themselves, are fast disappearing. So much has the encroachment of human habitations upon, and the cultivation of, the hill destroyed all the ancient regard for it, that it would soon have been covered with cultivated fields, and all its antiquities would have passed away unnoticed, had it not been for the casual remark of a farmer who rents a portion of it...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
25th April 2008ce
Edited 25th April 2008ce

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