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Gathering Stone, Sheriffmuir

Standing Stone (Prehistoric)(Possible)

Site Name Gathering Stone, Sheriffmuir

Classification Standing Stone (Prehistoric)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Battle Stone; Beltane Stone; Battle Of Sheriffmuir; Karling Stone

Canmore ID 25277

Site Number NN80SW 5

NGR NN 8109 0218

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Stirling
  • Parish Dunblane And Lecropt
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Stirling
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NN80SW 5 8109 0218

(NN 8109 0218) Gathering Stone (NAT)

OS 6" map, (1959)

See also NN80SW 1 and NN80SW 16.

A block of Highland grit, or, according to Hunter "three grey boulders" at the junction of which the standard of the Scottish clans is said to have been placed. Enclosed in an iron cage in 1840, which bears the following inscription: "The Gathering Stone of the Highland army on the day of the memorable battle of Sheriffmuir, fought in November 1715 ..." It is called locally Battle Stone and is said to have been formerly known as the Beltane Stane. Has the appearance, "as far as it can now been seen", of an overthrown standing stone.

T Hunter 1883; A F Hutchison 1893.

A large stone c.2.0m long, split into three parts. It is likely to have been a standing stone. Known by some local people as the "Battle Stone" but not as the "Beltane Stane".

Visited by OS (W D J) 8 June 1967.

Karling Stone.

Information from Plan of Sheriffmuir by J Lesslie, 1766, 1/11600 scale.

NN 810 021 This stone, which is traditionally associated with the Battle of Sheriffmuir, may be a fallen standing stone.

RCAHMS 1979, visited November 1978


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