Great Cumbrae Island, Craigengour

Standing Stone

Site Name Great Cumbrae Island, Craigengour

Classification Standing Stone

Canmore ID 40618

Site Number NS15NE 15

NGR NS 1761 5641

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council North Ayrshire
  • Parish Cumbrae
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Cunninghame
  • Former County Buteshire

Archaeology Notes

NS15NE 15 1761 5641.

(NS 1761 5641) Standing Stone (NR)

OS 25" map (1896)

The stone stands about 6ft high and 14 inches broad. It is supposed to be a memorial to some of the Norwegians who fell at the Battle of Largs in 1263.

Name Book 1855

This stone is known as the Gouklan Stone. There are eight large boulders nearby, and two other pillars are reported to have been closely associated with it. A circle of pits dug around the stone revealed nothing.

W Lytteil 1886; J K Hewison 1893

The stone is as described in the Ordnance Survey Name Book (ONB). It was pulled down some years ago by vandals but has since been re-erected and set in concrete. The north face of the stone has been smoothed and a list of initials inscribed. Nothing was seen of the boulders noted by Lytteil and the name Gouklan is not known locally where the stone is referred to as the 'Druids stone'.

Visited by OS (JTT) 6 November 1964

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