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Gala Braes

Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Gala Braes

Classification Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 47758

Site Number NS96NE 2

NGR NS 9881 6983

NGR Description NS 9881 6983 and NS 9874 6983

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council West Lothian
  • Parish Bathgate
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District West Lothian
  • Former County West Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NS96NE 2 9881 6983 to 9874 6983.

(A: NS 9881 6983; B: NS 9874 6983) Standing Stones (NAT)

OS 6" map (1913)

Standing stone 'A', 5 1/4 high, occupies a conspicuous position on the summit of a ridge. Many years before 1902, the father of Mr Carlaw, the farmer of Gala Braes, found human bones when digging at the base of this stone.

'B', 224' W of 'A', is the stump of a second standing stone, on the crown of a sand-hillock, though at a lower level than 'A'. Two other fragments of this stone lie on the adjacent slopes. It has obviously been previously broken, repaired and re-erected near its original site by being fixed into a base of mortar-set stones. Coles states that when complete it would have stood 4'6 1/2" high and 8' - 9' in girth at the base; the RCAHMS consider that its original height was only 3 1/2/' and 5' in girth.

RCAHMS 1929, visited 1926; F R Coles 1903

Visited by OS (JLD) 25 November 1952

These stones are as described.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (BS) 9 August 1974


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