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St Brandan's Stanes

Stone Circle


Thomas the Rhymer was a medieval Scottish seer. He's currently residing in amongst the fairies (he had an affair with their queen). He wrote prophetic verses:
The common people at Banff and its neighbourhood preserve the following specimen of the more terrible class of the Rhymer's prophecies:-

At two full times, and three half times,
Or threescore years and ten,
The ravens shall sit on the Stanes o' St Brandon,
And drink o' the blood o' the slain!

The Stones of St Brandon were standing erect a few years ago in an extensive level field about a mile to the westward of Banff, and immediately adjacent to the Brandon How, which forms the boundary of the town in that direction. The field is supposed to have been the scene of one of the early battles between the Scots and the Danes, and fragments of weapons and bones of men have been dug from it.
From p 19 of 'Select Writings of Robert Chambers: popular rhymes of Scotland' 3rd edition, 1847. Online at Google Books.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
31st January 2007ce

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