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Threestone Burn

Stone Circle


How many stones are there at threestone burn? There aren't three. There are supposed to be 16 of these pink granite stones, according to English Heritage's records. But ... the circle
consisted once, tradition rumoured, of 12 stones, but only 11 of them were visible, and it was foretold that whenever the 12th was found, a fortune in money would reward the lucky discoverer. The present worthy tenant, at the head of a company of hay-makers, whose work in the adjacent haining had been interrupted by a shower, instituted a search after the missing pillar, and lo! instead of twelve there were thirteen stones. Thirteen is always an unlucky number, so his painstaking was unremunerated. Perhaps he was not aware that Druid money is only bestowed by reversion in the world to come.
From the Folklore Society's publishing of the Denham Tracts, v2.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
10th September 2003ce
Edited 1st February 2010ce

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