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Publication Account

Date 1987

Event ID 1016989

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Publication Account


This impressive group of stones has been the subject of conjecture for centuries; the New Statistical Account offers the theories current in the 1840s, including a Roman origin, or perhaps the gravestones of Danish chiefs who were defeated by Banquo and Macbeth, or most probably Druidical remains. For the modern prehistorian, the mention of the discovery of 'ancient sepulchres' nearby is an interesting link to other stones, including Orwell (no. 101). An astronomical significance for the stones has also been suggested. There is a pair of stones with a third at a point 30m to the north; in the late 18th century there was a fourth stone which lay broken nearby. The single stone is about 5.5m tall, and the pair measures about 4.1m and 4.6m in height respectively.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Fife and Tayside’, (1987).

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