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Waterhead, Machar Stones

Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Waterhead, Machar Stones

Classification Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Brown Hill; Waterhead Stones

Canmore ID 45311

Site Number NS68SE 1

NGR NS 65705 83932

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Stirling
  • Parish Fintry
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Stirling
  • Former County Stirlingshire

Archaeology Notes

NS68SE 1 65705 83932

Two standing stones, known as the Machar Stones, are situated 1/2 mile ENE of Waterhead farm. The more northerly stone, of irregular rectangular section, is almost prostrate, measuring 7'6" in length and 3' by 2'6" at the medial point. The other stone, standing immediately to the S, is slab-shaped, measuring 5' high, 2' thick, and varying in width between 2'8" at ground level, 3'8" at a point 2' above this, and 2' at the top.

J G Smith 1896; RCAHMS 1963, visited 1954.

NS 6570 8393. These two large standing stones, which are as described above, are situated on a hillock in the midst of a moor which has recently been planted with fir trees. The stones are 1.8m apart, and aligned NNE-SSW. A few loose stones lie around their bases.

Visited by OS (JLD) 26 March 1957

Two standing stones, generally as described, situated on a hillock in a fire break. The leaning stone has seven cup marks on its underside, the largest being 0.02m in diameter x 0.01m deep.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (SFS) 20 November 1975

NS 657 839 This pair of standing stones is situated in a ride in a forestry plantation; the S stone stands 1.5m high but the other, which measures 2.3m in length, is almost recumbent. There is no evidence that any cists have been found in the vicinity of these stones as has been previously reported.

RCAHMS 1979, visited October 1978

Scheduled as Waterhead, two standing stones.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 10 November 2001.

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