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Heaven Stone

Holed Stone


I don’t own a copy of Ecclesiological notes on some of the islands of Scotland (1885) by TS Muir. I would hazard a guess that not many people do. However, the book is used as a reference in Canmore ID 10939 (go to Links) for Trumpan Church in Skye.
Therefore I would like to acknowledge Malcolm H Jones for a quote from pages 270-1 posted on MyCanmore Text in Canmore ID 10939. Canmore does not mention the Heaven Stone in its account however Muir has an account of the stone and its tradition.
Muir describes it as "a rude undressed pillar called 'The Trying Stone,' to which, according to local tradition, accused persons were taken, and there, through a venturesome appeal to the object, made manifest their innocence or their guilt. It is a massy whin, 4 ft. 8 in. in height, with a downwardly-bent cavity of an inch and a half in diameter near to its top. As the story goes, the appellant was placed within a certain distance of the stone, and then, approaching it blindfold, established his innocence only by unerringly putting his finger into the cavity."
Posted by markj99
28th October 2020ce
Edited 29th October 2020ce

Comments (3)

I found the book for you here!
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
30th October 2020ce
Thanks for digging up the book. There was a good drawing of the stone on P271.
Did I take the test? I had no need of atonement.
Posted by markj99
30th October 2020ce
Well said, quite right :) I like the drawing, it looks like the hole is an eye and the stone is leaning forward furtively. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
30th October 2020ce
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