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Standing Stone / Menhir


There is a curious tradition, concerning Tombeg, which, if founded on fact, may help to account for the state in which the circle is now to be seen. The Rev. Wm. M. Macpherson, D.D., on p72 of his History of the Church and Priory of Monymusk, says: "The granite used in the building is not the same as the common blocks in the fields, or in recently opened quarries. The tradition is that it was taken from Tombeg farm, and that the stones were passed from hand to hand down the hill."

This may mean that the loose blocks found lying on the hill were taken, or it may mean that the stones were quarried there.
He suggests that workmen would much rather nick the stones of a circle than quarry some themselves, especially if they could despoil a 'heathen temple' at the same time. But then he spoils things by saying "the single stone now remaining would no doubt be left as a rubbing post, as has been done in so many other cases." - which conjures a touching picture of the stone stealers caring about the comfort of itchy livestock. Hmm. Seems unlikely.

Still, the Rumour is the important thing, even if it's not true.

From 'Some stone circles in central Aberdeenshire' by James Ritchie, PSAS 1917, volume 51, p30-47.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
16th July 2009ce
Edited 16th July 2009ce

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There are also two massive blocks of glacerial in the field next to Tombeg, any info on them? Funny, I was at Tombeg today! Still looking for St. Mauns. drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
16th July 2009ce
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