|I think this curious story could well be about Kemp's Cairn. First he talks about Knaughland and how on top of the hill there are the 'faint indications of an old cairn'. Then:
Mr Cruickshank is between sixty and seventy, and remembers the removal of another cairn, much farther down the hill, in 1816. Part of it, however, had been removed a century ago, and a cist disclosed, which was allowed to remain entire till 1816, and of which the cover yet remains. He says the cist was built of small stones, and was about 1 1/2 foot deep, or high, and covered by the large stone yet remaining.He also mentions a suspected 'Pict's House' (an underground chamber) and also a stone with 13 or 14 cupmarks - the RCAHMS record shows the latter couldn't be found in the 1960s, but if you read the description it makes you wonder if it's not so far from Conjure Cairn.
He mentioned a curious thing. The farm has been in their family two hundred years. In the rebellion, his grandfather, on the approach of the rebels, buried his cheese in the stone grave, raising the lid with a "pinch," and letting it down again. He has heard him tell of it.
In 1816 the whole was removed by Mr Cruickshank's father, and the cover only preserved. It is fully 6 1/2 feet long by 4 to 4 1/2 broad, and about 6 inches thick - like a strong flag.
From PSAS v7 (1868), 'Notes of Early Remains on the Farm of Knaughland, Rothiemay' by James Hunter.
Posted by Rhiannon
15th January 2011ce
Edited 15th January 2011ce