Additional information on this possible site from Canmore.
NS 4775 5323. "The Covenanter's Stone": fallen stone circle (A W Millar). Seven recumbent stone slabs, 4ft 11ins to 5ft 7ins in length by 2ft to 3ft in maximum breadth, are arranged in a circle about 25ft in diameter, (if the arrangement were symmetrical, an eighth slab is missing). The site is immediately S of a massive Medieval land dyke, broken by the 18th century coach road and a later track which pass round the circle on opposite sites.
F Newall 1963
NS 4773 5333. The dimensions of these seven recumbent slabs are as given above, the largest being 1.8m long, 0.9m wide and 0.4m thick. Their present position - they lie in two parallel rows of three and four stones respectively - make it difficult to visualise them forming a circle; however, depending on the way each stone fell (if, indeed, they ever stood), they might suggest a stone circle of possible 8.0m diameter. The name "Covenanter's Stone" is known locally but no
reliable information was obtained. The "Medieval land dyke" noted by Newall is a field bank of no great age. The 18th century coach road appears to be no more than a hill-track.
Visited by OS (WDJ) 26 November 1964
Listed by Burl as of "uncertain status, including complex and misidentified sites".
H A W Burl 1976
Seven large recumbent slabs lie in a rough 'avenue' running approximately E-W. The long sides of the stones are at right angles to this line. The stones vary in size from about 1m by 1m up to 2.2m by 1m with an average of 1.4m in length. An eighth stone reputedly from the site was until recently used as a bridge over a burn about 1/2 mile away. The stones are unlikely to be lying in their exact original positions - at least one is known to have been slightly moved in the 1950s. Prior to the legendary usage by the Covenanters, the seven (or eight) stones may well have formed a standing circle. About 7m to the N lie two stony mounds in line, with their long axis SW-NE. Both are about 7.5m in length. A relationship with the seven stones adjacent should not be ruled out.
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B Henry et al. 1994.
There is no evidence that this group of stones ever formed a stone circle. They form no coherent pattern or arrangement and they lie in a damp, peaty hollow.
Visited by RCAHMS (JRS) 29 February 2008.
Went up to Chamber today...very difficult to gain access to the area round Cuff Hill, nearly impossible apart from the fact that my companion and I are fairly fit, and were able to climb the 10 ft deer fence surrounding Cuff Hill. The area has been planted with saplings.....no idea who you would approach about entry but talk in the Gateside Pub was that an Irishman owns the land....Good luck ye all...apart from that the area is sublime, water, birds, spring...absolutely beautiful....
... Beith was the occasional residence of St Inan, a confessor of some celebrity, whose principal place of abode was at Irvine. He flourished about 839. On the Cuff Hill there is a cleft in the rock, which is still called St Inan's Chair; and, at a short distance from it, a well of excellent water, called St Inan's Well. From the Callendar of Scots Saints, we find that the festival of this saint was celebrated on the 18th of August; and to this day there is a fair at Beith, held on the corresponding day, old style. Tradition still bears that this fair used to be held on the Cuff Hill. It was removed to Beith after the town had increased in population, and become a more suitable place for a market. It is one of the principal fairs in the county. The fair is vulgarly pronounced Tenant's Day; but this is evidently a corruption arising from the final letter of Saint, being sounded with the name Inan. Similar corruptions occur in Tantony, which is a corruption of St Antony; and Taudrey, which is a corruption of St Audrey. [...]
But the Cuff Hill has antiquities much earlier than the days of St Inan. On the north declivity of the hill, there is a rocking-stone of considerable size, which can be set in motion by the slightest touch. This stone is of common trap.
From the New Statistical Account for Ayr and Bute (1845).
Cuff Hill was hacked into for road material in the early 19th century. Burl quotes a local farmer who indignantly observed "These curious and interesting relics of antiquity, the mercenary and boorish labourers are breaking and undoing with the most unfeeling apathy."
(in 'Rites of the Gods' 1981 - no particular source mentioned?)