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Standing Stone / Menhir

<b>Huntlyhill</b>Posted by drewbhoyImage © drew/amj
Also known as:
  • Law of Keithock
  • Hare Cairn

Nearest Town:Brechin (4km SSW)
OS Ref (GB):   NO622636 / Sheet: 45
Latitude:56° 45' 44.84" N
Longitude:   2° 37' 6.15" W

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Some directions to the place. From the A90 take the B966 to Brechin and take the first minor road heading north east. This also takes you past the Temple Wood cairn. Keep looking north and the stone will come into view. Just after the stone there is a house that has plenty of parking space next to the road.

Visited 43/5/2012.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th May 2012ce

Ha! No bullocks today, only sheep - so over the gate and in. This is a pretty impressive lump of rock, stood on a couple of large flat stones and fenced in. The stone looks genuine enough, with streaks of quartz running through it.

My local informant tells me that the cairn was said to have marked the spot of a battle back in the 1450's between the Ogilvies and Lindsays, but the stone would appear to have been here from long before that date.
nickbrand Posted by nickbrand
15th October 2003ce

Hare cairn or the 'Law of Keithock' was a large, conical cairn of stones 20' high and 45' in diameter at base surmounted by the 6' standing stone that now marks the site. The cairn was removed in the early to mid 19th century and two cists containing human remains were found about 26 yds SW of the present position of the stone. It is reported that before its destruction in the early 19th century this cairn measured 14m in diameter by 6m in height and was surmounted by a standing stone. Two cists were found about 24m SW of the present position of the standing stone, which has been re-erected on the site of the cairn.

Visited yesterday, but the field was full of young bullocks, so discretion won. Photographed it from the fence!
nickbrand Posted by nickbrand
1st July 2003ce