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Arran

Sites in this group:

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Allt Carn Bhain Chambered Cairn
7 posts
Allt Cul Corriehiam Stone Circle
3 posts
Allt Cul Corriehiam 2 Stone Circle
3 posts
Allt Cul Corrriehiam Cist
3 posts
Allt Mor Chambered Cairn
28 posts
Auchagallon Stone Circle
14 posts
Aucheleffan Stone Circle
2 posts
Baile Meadhonach Chambered Cairn
4 posts
Carn Ban Chambered Cairn
1 post
Clauchlands Stone Fort / Dun
3 posts
Cleiteadh Chambered Tomb
1 post
Cnoc Ballygown Hillfort
4 posts
Creag Dhubh Hillfort
6 posts
Creag Ghlas Cup Marked Stone
21 posts
Deer Park Standing Stones
4 posts
Dippin Promontory Fort
4 posts
The Doon Standing Stone / Menhir
5 posts
The Doon Hillfort
20 posts
Druid Auchencar Standing Stone / Menhir
12 posts
Dunan Beag Chambered Cairn
13 posts
Dunan Mor Chambered Cairn
8 posts
East Bennan Chambered Cairn
1 post
Fforde's Buttress Natural Rock Feature
39 posts
Giants' Graves Chambered Cairn
3 posts
Glenrickard Chambered Cairn Chambered Cairn
9 posts
Kildonan Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
Kilpatrick Dun (or Cashel) Stone Fort / Dun
27 posts
Lamlash Stone Circle
15 posts
Largybeg Standing Stones
9 posts
Machriewater Foot Standing Stone / Menhir
8 posts
Machrie Burn Stone Circle
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Machrie Moor Stone Circle
2 posts
Machrie Moor chambered cairn Chambered Cairn
11 posts
Merkland Cist
7 posts
Mid Sannox Standing Stones
16 posts
Monamore Chambered Tomb
1 post
Monamore Glen Cairn(s)
7 posts
Monyquil Standing Stone / Menhir
15 posts
Moss Farm Chambered Tomb
5 posts
Moss Farm II Cist
14 posts
Moss Farm North Standing Stone / Menhir
22 posts
Moss Farm Road Cairn(s)
7 posts
Moyish Standing Stone / Menhir
2 posts
North Blairmore Standing Stone / Menhir
5 posts
North Sannox Cairn(s)
3 posts
North Sannox 2 Chambered Cairn
3 posts
Oscar's Grave Chambered Cairn
1 post
Ossian's Mound Round Barrow(s)
10 posts
Sannox Standing Stone / Menhir
5 posts
Sannox Chambered Cairn
3 posts
Shiskine Stone Circle
4 posts
Sliddery Cist
16 posts
Stronach Standing Stone / Menhir
65 posts
Stronach Wood Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
5 posts
Tormore I Chambered Cairn
4 posts
Tormore II Chambered Cairn
24 posts
Torrylin Cairn(s)
13 posts
Torr an Loisgte Chambered Cairn
2 posts
Torr a Chaistell Stone Fort / Dun
Sites of disputed antiquity:
7 posts
Black Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
4 posts
Kingscross Point Standing Stone / Menhir
18 posts
King's Cave Carving

News

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Cremated bones of Bronze Age tumour sufferer found hanging from Scottish cliff


A cist burial spotted hanging from a cliff on the edge of Scotland came from the ceremony of a Bronze Age adult cremated swiftly after their death, say archaeologists investigating the bones of a body whose skull carried a tumour... continues...
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4th April 2014ce

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Folklore

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In Arran, the belief in fairies still lingers in the minds of the older inhabitants, and many curious stories are told of the pilfering habits and cunning tricks of the wee-folks, who held their midnight meetings within the stone circles and old forts of the Island.

Many of the minor relics of the stone period have been found beneath the moss and heath of the Arran glens and hills, but few of them have been deemed worthy of preservation. Arrow-heads of stone and flint are frequently picked up by the natives whilst digging peat in the moors [..] They are called elf-shots by the Islanders, and are supposed to have been used by the fairies long ago.

[..] As we find the little flint arrow-head associated with Scottish folk-lore as the elfin's-bolt, so the stone hammer of the same period was adapted to the creed of the Middle Ages. The name by which it was popularly known in Scotland, almost to the close of the last century, was that of the Purgatory Hammer [.. so the inhabitant of the burial cist could] with it thunder at the gates of purgatory..
McArthur also talks of the highly polished stone balls found in cists and the "Baul Muluy" (the stone globe of Saint Monlingus): a goose-egg sized stone of jasper, which could cure diseases. People swore solemn oaths on it, and "even during the present generation it has been consulted by the credulous Islanders". Curiously it could remove 'stitches from the sides of sick persons' and if it didn't cure you and you died, "it moved out of bed of its own accord."

St Molingus was said to have been chaplain to the McDonalds, and they carried the ball with them into battle for good luck. It was next held by the MacIntosh family as a hereditary privelege, but "this curious relic was lost a few years ago by a gentleman to whom it was entrusted, who partook too much of the scepticism of the present age to appreciate its value."

A final bit of related folklore: "The perforated pebbles of the British barrows [..] are still known in the Scottish Highlands by the name of Clach Bhuai , or the powerful stones, on account of the inherent virtues they are believed to possess."

From p68-71 of 'The antiquities of Arran' by John McArthur (1861).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
20th August 2007ce

The traditions.. which float around this class of the Arran grave mounds [chambered cairns] are associated with the fierce raids and clanish feuds of early times; and it is said that the ghosts of the buried dead were wont to rise from their graves and renew the combat in the shadowy folds of the evening mists.
From p22 of 'The Antiquities of Arran' by John McArthur (1861).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18th August 2007ce
Edited 18th August 2007ce

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Internet Archive


The Book of Arran by J A Balfour (1910). Contains lots of diagrams and photos of sites and finds from the island - chambers, stones, cup and rings, urns, allsorts. The back page is a rather interesting map with all the locations marked.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
16th November 2010ce
Edited 16th November 2010ce

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Stronach Wood (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Druid Auchencar (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Giants' Graves (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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