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The Witches' Stone

Bullaun Stone

<b>The Witches' Stone</b>Posted by ShereenImage © Shereen
OS Ref (GB):   NW2894544703
Latitude:54° 43' 25.97" N
Longitude:   6° 12' 36.5" W

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<b>The Witches' Stone</b>Posted by Shereen


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"The Witches' stone," near Antrim Round Tower, from its name evidently originally a cursing site, is a rock bullan. The tower, according to current tradition, was erected by a "hag" who, when it was finished, as the readiest way of descending, took a flying leap and alighted on this stone, situated about 120 yards from the base of the structure. She stumbled - little wonder - on landing, and struck the rock with one elbow and one knee, which accounts for the cup-like depressions seen in the illustration. These, as is usual, are stated never to be without water. The largest cavity is 15 inches long, 12 inches wide and 9 inches deep; the smaller depression is 6 inches wide by 3 inches in depth. The rock itself is 6 feet long by about 4 1/2 feet broad. It lay originally by the side of a brook, but many years ago the stream was diverted, a wall was built between it and the stream, and the enclosed area converted into a garden.
From 'Traces of the Elder Faiths of Ireland' by W G Wood-Martin (1902).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
23rd October 2010ce