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Unst, Baltasound, Buness, Memorial Stone

Commemorative Monument (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Unst, Baltasound, Buness, Memorial Stone

Classification Commemorative Monument (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Buness House

Canmore ID 203253

Site Number HP60NW 76

NGR HP 6284 0895

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Unst
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Archaeology Notes

HP60NW 76 6284 0895

About 50m SW of Buness House (HP60NW 12) is a memorial erected by Thomas Edmonston on the 21st October 1819. The inscription reads:


were attached the CLOCK

and PENDULUM employed by the

celebrated French Philosopher


and on the one on which it rests

stood his repeating circle.

The distinguished English



Placed his

repeating circle

on this stone also

The former was sent by the

institute of France in the summer

of 1817, and the latter by the royal

society of London in the summer

of 1818 to determine by their

experiments & observations

the Figure of the Earth.

These memorials remain as pleasing

and lasting rememberances of the

splendid talents great worth and

aimiable manners of these eminent

men by

Their friend


21 October 1818

Information from RCAHMS (DE), December 2001.


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