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Standing Stone / Menhir


On the top of a high stone in Scaristavor parks, the raven will drink its fill of men's blood [..]

This stone is about ten ft. high, and is one of the three fragments into which a larger stone, used by an old woman of former days as a hammer to knock limpets off the rocks (ord bhairneach) was broken. Of the other two, one is in Uigh an du tuath, and one in Tarnsa Islet. At a spot from which these three fragments can be seen, there is hidden an urn of silver and an urn of gold (croggan oir's cr. airgid). It is easy to find a place whence one can see two, but when about to see the third, one of the first two disappears. Five or six yards make all the difference. A herdsman once found the spot, but when digging for the treasure he happened to see a heifer that had fallen on its back in a stream. He ran to its rescue, and never could find the place again.
From p274 of 'Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland' by John Gregorson Campbell (1900).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18th April 2011ce
Edited 18th April 2011ce

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