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Ladykirk Description of stone

Event ID 1017216

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Early Medieval Carved Stones Project


St Mary’s Church, Ladykirk Stone, Burwick, South Ronaldsay, Orkney, footprints stone

Measurements: L 1.12m, W 0.56m, D 0.23m

Stone type: whinstone

Place of discovery: ND c 4400 8425

Present location: within St Mary’s Church.

Evidence for discovery: the stone was already within the church when George Low saw and sketched it in 1774. His suggestion that it was used ‘to expose delinquents at the Church’ may indicate a secondary use for the stone and a reason for taking it into the church.

Present condition: good.


This natural boulder is carved on one broad surface with two shod footprints, each 0.25m long, set side by side. It is likely to be a royal inauguration stone.

Date: early medieval.

References: Low 1879, 25, 27; Windwick 1928; RCAHMS 1946, no 841; Ritchie 1996, 125.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2017

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