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Cup Marked Stone


More details. It's not on Canmap but if it's earthfast maybe it is still there?
At a place called Killiesmont, in this parish, there is one of those pieces of ground, sometimes found in Scotland, variously known by the name of the Guidman's Craft, or the "Gi'en Rig," that is, given or appropriated to the sole use of the devil, in order to propitiate the good services of that malign being. This piece of land is on the southern declivity of a lofty eminence. At the upper end of the ridge, there is a flat circular stone of about eight feet in diameter, in which there are a number of holes, but for what purpose tradition is silent.

Like other crofts of this description in Scotland, the present remained long uncultivated, in spite of the spread of intelligence. The first attempt to reclaim it was made not more than fifty years since, when a farmer endeavoured to improve it; but , by an accidental circumstance, it happened that no sooner had the plough entered the ground than one of the oxen dropped down dead. Taking this as an irrefragable proof of the indignation of its supernatural proprietor, the peasant desisted, and it remained untilled till it came into the possession of the present occupant, who has had the good taste to allow the large flat stone to remain, a memorial of the idle fancies of preceding generations.
The Gazetteer of Scotland, by Robert and William Chambers. V1, 1844.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
6th July 2010ce

Comments (2)

Thats up near me, I know there was a nearby cairn destroyed as well so hopefully the stone hasn't met the same fate. Cheers Rhiannon. drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
7th July 2010ce
Fingers crossed eh, let's hope a few more occupants had good taste as well? And if you Are passing...? Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
7th July 2010ce
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