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Arran, Ballymichael

Four Poster Stone Circle (Neol/bronze Age)

Site Name Arran, Ballymichael

Classification Four Poster Stone Circle (Neol/bronze Age)

Alternative Name(s) Bridge Farm, Stone Setting; Machrie Moor

Canmore ID 39711

Site Number NR93SW 16

NGR NR 92440 32253

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council North Ayrshire
  • Parish Kilmory
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Cunninghame
  • Former County Buteshire


Desk Based Assessment (3 April 1973)

NR93SW 16 9244 3225.

(NR 9244 3225) Cairn (NR)

OS 6" map, Buteshire, (1924)

Three granite blocks, 2-3ft high, forming a circle 24ft in diameter. (The Name Book examiner, adding 'better termed a cairn' has deleted 'Stone Circle').

Source: Name Book 1864.

Three stones remain of this circle, 18ft 10ins in diameter. The sandstone blocks are 2ft 8ins above ground. One stone (A) is recumbent, it measures 4ft 3ins long, 3ft 4ins broad and 2ft 3ins thick. The E stone (B) is 2ft 9ins broad and 2ft thick. The N stone (C) is 4ft broad and 2ft 8ins thick. The centre has been disturbed and there is no cist present.

Source: J A Balfour 1910.

Information from OS (IF) 3 April 1973.

Field Visit (16 September 1977)

A setting of three boulders as described by Balfour. There is no surface evidence of other stone and the surrounding peat layer is featureless. It is not possible from ground evidence to describe these stones as a circle, but they could have formed a 'four poster' type of monument.

Surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (B S) 16 September 1977.

Note (21 February 1978)

These boulders set in a triangle appear to be the remains of a 'four poster'.

H Fairhurst 1977.

Airborne Laser Scanning Interpretation (12 July 2018)

The location, classification and period of this site have been reviewed.

HES Survey and Recording 12 July 2018


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