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Kirriemuir Hill

Standing Stone / Menhir


I'm surprised such a large stone has long gone unadded to TMA; this is how the RCAHMS record describes it:

"This standing stone is 9' high and 6'6" across the base. The New Statistical Account (NSA - 1845) notes a fragment 12'9" long lying on the ground, but this had disappeared by 1909. Reid (1909) suggests that the two stones may have formed part of a circle, the recumbent one not having broken off as suggested in the NSA.

There is a small upright stone in the field-wall 6m to the east."

The NSA suggests that the massive 12' section was a part of the standing stone, that had split off (though in what sense they don't expain), and that "in the memory of man [the standing stone] tapered towards the top, but the projecting part has been knocked off". Also, that "it cannot be less than three or four feet in the ground."

"Tradition is silent as to the purpose for which it was erected." says the New Statistical Account of the 1840s.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
30th March 2007ce
Edited 18th June 2007ce

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