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Taxing Stone

Standing Stone / Menhir

<b>Taxing Stone</b>Posted by markj99Image © markj99
Nearest Town:Stranraer (11km S)
OS Ref (GB):   NX06237096 / Sheet: 76
Latitude:54° 59' 42.9" N
Longitude:   5° 1' 46.43" W

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While there is good parking and a loo at the car park mentioned, the single track road up is actually public as far as the cattle grid (about half way) and there is a pull-in there for one car at least and another spot just before that. Not many passing places though. So, if you are lucky you can avoid the worst of a reasonably steep 1.25 mile walk uphill. Whatever, it is certainly worth the effort to view this important stone, the remains of the WWII anti-air craft battery and the great views. new abbey Posted by new abbey
1st July 2019ce

Visited 27.10.18

The Taxing Stone is on the Stranraer Coastal Path from Stranraer to Glenapp. There are parking spaces available on the outskirts of Cairnryan before the ferry terminal. Follow the SCP signs uphill to Little Laight farm for approximately 1 mile. On the top of the hill there is a WWII gun battery. The Taxing Stone is sited on the path at the battery entrance. As previously noted there is some graffiti on the face of the stone.
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28th March 2019ce


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[In the year 737] King Ceolwulf resigned his crown to his cousin Eadbert, to end his days as a monk of Lindisfarne. During Eadbert's reign, Galloway was invaded by a Celtic pretender, Alpyn, son of Echach. The Galwegians rose against him en masse. He conquered the greater part of the country, till he was confronted by Innrechtach, a native chief, near Kelton on the Dee. Here he was completely routed and forced to fly. his retreat was, hoever, carried out in an orderly manner, till, as he was in the act of leaving the province, fording a stream at the entrance of Glen-App, in the midst of his bodyguard, a single man sprang upon him and struck him lifeless from his charger. The stone which marks his sepulture still preserves his name. From time immemorial it has been named in charters as a landmark-- Laight-Alpyn. The pillar-stone itself is the "Laight," whilst Alpyn is still recognisable in the name of the beautiful glen, near which he fell.

The name of Laicht Alpyn really belongs to the farms of Meikle and Little Laicht, on the easter shore of Loch Ryan... On the very line of separation between the two counties is a large upright pillar-stone to which the name of Laicht-Alpin, the monument or grave of Alpin, is actually appropriated.
Much of this seems to be taken from Skene's 'Chronicle of Picts and Scots' and is pulled together in 'The Hereditary Sheriffs of Galloway' by Andrew Agnew (1893).

It's a bit fluffy because the entrance to Glen App is definitely a mile or two further north. But maybe that doesn't matter.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th March 2012ce
Edited 5th March 2012ce


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Canmore ID 60864

The Taxing Stone
Posted by markj99
12th September 2020ce


M Campbell has taken a photo of the stone for Geograph - it shows the fancy graffiti towards its foot.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th March 2012ce
Edited 5th March 2012ce