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Kingscrag Gate



[A] local tradition of King Arthur is told by Dr. Bruce: "To the north of Sewingshields, two strata of sandstone crop out to the day; the highest points of each ledge are called the King and Queen's Crag, from the following legend. King Arthur, seated on the furthest rock, was talking with his queen, who, meanwhile, was engaged in arranging her 'back hair.' Some expression of the queen's having offended his majesty, he seized a rock which lay near him, and with an exertion of strength for which the Picts were proverbial, threw it at her, a distance of about a quarter of a mile! The queen with great dexterity caught it upon her comb, and thus warded off the blow; the stone fell between them, where it lies to this very day, with the marks of the comb upon it, to attest the truth of the story. It probably weighs about twenty tons."
One would imagine the comb marks are those clearly seen at the top of the massive stone in Hob's photo.

From the Denham Tract called 'Border Sketches of Folklore' - you may read the rest at
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
9th June 2009ce
Edited 9th June 2009ce

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