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St Margarets Stone

Standing Stone / Menhir

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Nearest Town:Dunfermline (3km NW)
OS Ref (GB):   NT106850 / Sheet: 65
Latitude:56° 2' 57.91" N
Longitude:   3° 26' 7.65" W

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This stone is situated on the entrance road to the Pitreavie Business Park in Dunfermline. It has been set into the boundary of the Bank of Scotland offices and has a bench seat mounted beneath it. The stone has been carved with it's name.
There are a number of possible large cups across the southern face although these could be natural features, hard to tell.
All in all bit of a sorry sight but at least it survives.
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
23rd February 2003ce


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"The large stone here is associated with St Margaret and was visited by women who hoped to concieve or sought a successful birth. The eight-foot high stone is said to mark the resting place of St Margaret when she journeyed between Queensferry and Dunfermline. Margaret had eight successful pregnancies and probably needed to rest quite a few times on her travels!"

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Joyce Miller.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
17th November 2009ce


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In his 1967 paper for The Society of Scottish Antiquities entitled 'The Cup and Ring Marks and Similar Sculptures of Scotland: A Survey of the Southern Counties Part II'. Ronald W. B. Morris noted;
"On standing stone (8 1/2 feet high, 4 1/2 feet wide), built in to roadside fence, over 80 cups, up to 4in in diam, 3/4in deep, some run together as rough dumbells."
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
13th November 2006ce


It is an old tradition that Margaret, while walking from the scene of her
landing to Dunfermline, complained of fatigue, and on coming to the "huge Saxon stone" on the road, two and a-half miles south-east of Malcolm III.'s residence, is said to have for a while rested herself on it, and that on her frequent "journeys toe and froe" she often used it as a rest.
The neighbouring farm on the west takes its name from this traditional
circumstance, and is called St. Margaret's Stone Farm. In 1856 this stone
was removed to an adjacent site by order of the Road Surveyor in order to widen the road, which required no widening, as no additional traffic was
likely to ensue, but the reverse; it is, therefore, much to be regretted
that the old landmark was removed.
It is in contemplation to have the old stone replaced on its old site (as nearly as possible), and made to rest, with secure fixings, on a massive base, or plinth-stone.
This large stone, which has long had the name of St.Margaret's, is probably the last remnant of a Druid Circle or a Cromlech, and may have been placed here even before the beginning of the Christian era. At this early period the road would be a narrow "foot-way" or a "bridle-path."

From The Annals of Dunfermline.
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
15th February 2003ce
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The Annals of Dunfermline

fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
15th February 2003ce