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Kenshot Hill


Nearest Town:Inverbervie (5km ENE)
OS Ref (GB):   NO781716 / Sheet: 45
Latitude:56° 50' 7.25" N
Longitude:   2° 21' 32.25" W

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According to Coflein there are quite a few cairns on this hilltop. Perhaps you will be able to see which is most suitable for a king to sit on if you visit.
On an eminence bordering with Garvock, called Kinchet, or, more properly, King's Seat hill, there is a large heap of stones, where, according to tradition, a king used in ancient times to sit in judgment.

Among other complaints here preferred to him, many were lodged against Melville of Allardice, at that time sheriff of the county, for his oppression. The royal judge, either wearied with the complainers, or enraged at the offender, exclaimed, "I wish that sheriff were sodden and supped in brose!" Such was the savage barbarity of the times, that the barons, who were little accustomed to the formalities of a trial, laid hold on these words, and put them literally in execution.

The place where the deed was perpetrated, a the bottom of the hills, on the side next Garvock, is not unlike the cavity of a kiln for drying corn, and still retains the name of the Sheriff's kettle.
In the Statistical Accounts of Scotland 1791-99 for the parish of Benholme.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
14th August 2010ce
Edited 14th August 2010ce