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Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name Clach-na-cruich

Classification Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 25037

Site Number NN74SW 5

NGR NN 7186 4474

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Kenmore (Perth And Kinross)
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NN74SW 5 7186 4474.

A boulder known locally as Clach-na-Cruich, or the Stone of the Measles, is in the middle of a field immediately below Borland farmhouse. It has seven faint cup marks on its upper surface. Rainwater contained in a cavity was supposed to be a cure for measles.

H Macmillan 1884

NN 7186 4474. 'Clach-na-Cruich' or 'Stone of the Measles' (both names verified) is an earthfast boulder in an arable field and measures approximately 1.5m long, 0.8m wide, and 1.0m high. Its upper surface bears at least four shallow cup marks from 3cms to 6cms in diameter and 1cm to 2cms deep. Some of the marks illustrated by Macmillan are clearly due to weathering.

The tradition concerning the stone survives locally.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (JB) 24 September 1975 and (JRL) 5 December 1978


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