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North Uist, Buaile Risary, Ben Risary

Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name North Uist, Buaile Risary, Ben Risary

Classification Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 10084

Site Number NF77SE 17

NGR NF 76704 72910

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish North Uist
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NF77SE 17 7669 7293.

(NF 768 729) A stone bearing three or four (seven or more: Lyford Pike 1940) cupmarks lies in the N edge of Buaile Risary.

E Beveridge 1911; J D Lyford-Pike 1940.

This stone is situated at NF 7669 7293. It measures 1.4m long by 0.7m maximum breadth by 0.35m maximum thickness. Ten shallow cupmarks were found, the largest being 3ins in diameter by 3/4ins deep.

Surveyed at 1/10,560.

Visited by OS (W D J) 20 June 1965.


Field Visit (16 August 1915)

Cup-marked Stone, Buaile Risary.

Towards the east side of the steep northern slope of the green grass-covered knoll, Buaile Risary, the site of a dun (NF77SE 11) about ½ mile north of Ben Risary, at an elevation of about 200 feet above sea-level, is a large irregularly shaped stone slab, 4 feet 5 inches long, and 2 feet 4 inches broad at its widest part, bearing at least seven cup-marks on the upper surface, which is much weathered. Three of the cup-marks measure from 2 ¼ to 2 ¾ inches in diameter and from ½ inch to ¾ inch in depth, while the others vary from 1 ¼ to 2 inches in diameter and are barely ½ inch in depth.

RCAHMS 1928, visited 30 July 1914.

North Uist xxxiv (unnoted)

Note (1 June 2019)

Date Fieldwork Started: 01/06/2019

Compiled by: ScRAP

Location Notes: The stone is located just below the summit of Bualie Risary hill, on the NE facing slope of the hill in moorland and rough grazing within a large clearing surrounded by mature sicta spruce forest. The remains of an aisled roundhouse and shieling huts are spread around the summit of the hill. There has been considerable movement and re-configuration of stone, and it is possible that the panel is not in its current location. The trig point lies about 40m to the SW. There are clear views from the panel to the NE.

Panel Notes: This a roughly triangular stone measuring 1.4x0.7m and jutting out from the hillside to a maximum height of 0.4m. The upper surface slopes gently to the NE and has a number of natural depressions of various shapes sizes. There are 6 possible cupmarks on the S section of the stone, 3 of which are more than 6cm in diameter including one relatively deep cup.


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