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The Tristan Longstone

Standing Stone / Menhir


Carew entertainingly wrote in his 1602 Survey of Cornwall:

".. a gentleman, dwelling not far off, was persuaded.. that treasure lay hidden under this stone: wherefore, in a fair moonshine night, thither with certain good fellows he hieth to dig it up.. a pot of gold is the least of their expectation: but... in the midst of their toiling, the sky gathereth clouds, the moonlight is overcast with darkness, down falls a mighty shower, up riseth a blustering tempest, the thunder cracketh, the lightning flasheth: in conclusion, our money seekers washed, instead of laden.. and more afraid than hurt, are forced to abandon their enterprise, and seek shelter of the next house they could get into."

Another example of the bad weather and trouble you can expect if you mess with the monuments of our ancient forefathers.

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Daphne du Maurier lived near where the Tristan stone stood before it was moved (crossroads at sx1051), and she wrote her own version of the Tristan and Iseult story, with which it has legendary connections (see also Castle Dor.)
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
7th April 2004ce
Edited 16th July 2006ce

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