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Craigmaddie Muir, Auld Wives' Lifts

Carved Stone(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Craigmaddie Muir, Auld Wives' Lifts

Classification Carved Stone(S) (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 44423

Site Number NS57NE 25

NGR NS 58185 76458

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Dunbartonshire
  • Parish Baldernock (Strathkelvin)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Strathkelvin
  • Former County Stirlingshire

Archaeology Notes

NS57NE 25 58185 76458

(NS 5818 7646) Auld Wives' Lifts (NR)

OS 6" map (1958)

See also NS57NE 21 and NS57SE 26.

The "Auld Wife's Lift" consists of two large boulders, standing close together, with a third lying on top of them. All three are of the local carboniferous sandstone and, although at first sight they might be thought to be a cromlech, their arrangement is unquestionably natural. A shallow incised groove, in the form of a circle 3ft in diameter, has been cut on the upper surface of the uppermost boulder, but it does not appear to have any archaeological significance, and may well have been made by a quarryman engaged on cutting out millstones nearby. (See NS57NE 21).

RCAHMS 1963, visited 1954

These stones are a natural formation.

Visited by OS (WMJ), 26 July 1951

(NS 5818 7646) Auld Wives' Lifts (NAT)

OS 1:10000 map (1976)

The surfaces of the boulders are covered with carvings of names and initials dating back at least to the early 19th century. There are also nine carved and incised heads of unknown date (RCAHMS).

Alcock, who gives a full description of the heads, suggests that they may be of Celtic origin.

(Both authorities gave the name as 'Auld Wives' Lifts').

L Alcock 1977; RCAHMS 1982, visited 1981.


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