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Hopetoun Wood, Justice Stone

Stone (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Hopetoun Wood, Justice Stone

Classification Stone (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Jousting Stone

Canmore ID 49173

Site Number NT07NE 7

NGR NT 0808 7759

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council West Lothian
  • Parish Abercorn (West Lothian)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District West Lothian
  • Former County West Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT07NE 7 0808 7759.

(NT 0808 7759) Justice Stone (NR)

OS 6" map (1967)

For possible standing stone nearby, see NT07NE 105.

This stone is said to be a place of meeting by the Barons and Knights for the purpose of tournaments or jousts, and therefore called 'Jousting Stone' (S B Hare). Disputes are said to have been settled by the Barons and Magistrates in early times at this stone (J Robertson and S Younger).

Name Book 1855

This stone is 2 3/4' high, has an average breadth of 2' 10", and a girth at base of 8 1/2'. It is traditionally spoken of as the site of ancient meetings.

RCAHMS 1929, visited 1926

The "Justice Stone" is an undressed block of whinstone, as described by RCAHMS. It bears no inscription or symbols, and is situated in the Hopetoun Wood by the side of a track.

Visited by OS (JD) 30 December 1952

OS (JD) confirmed.

Visited by OS (JP) 25 March 1974.

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