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Tuilyies

Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric), Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name Tuilyies

Classification Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric), Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Torryburn

Canmore ID 49451

Site Number NT08NW 3

NGR NT 0291 8658

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Torryburn
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District Dunfermline
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NT08NW 3 0291 8658.

(NT 0291 8658) Tuilyies (NAT) Standing Stone (NR)

OS 6" map, (1968)

Cup marked Standing Stone and Boulders: These four stones are said to be the remains of a circle, although that idea is not borne out by their present disposition. The cup marked stone rises to a height of 8', and has its narrow faces to the NE and SW. It is of irregular form. On the E face, the lower portion is covered with cup marks which vary from 1 1/2" to 5" in diameter and 1 1/2" to 2" in depth. The stone is also marked with a series of perpendicular grooves, but all these channels are due to weathering.

The other three boulders are set in the form of a triangle immediately S of the cup marked stone at intervals of 12', 15' and 16' apart. None of the three shows any markings; they are of whinstone while the cup marked stone is of grey sandstone.

The name 'Tuilyies' is a corruption of the Scots word 'tulzie' which signifies a fight, and the stones are said to mark the graves of chiefs who fell in an alleged battle here.

OSA 1793; RCAHMS 1933.

These four stones do not form a circle, but there seems little doubt that they mark a Bronze Age sacred site.

Visited by OS (J L D) 30 June 1953.

Scheduled as Tuilyies, stone setting, Torryburn, Fife.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 16 February 2001.

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Publication Account (1987)

This spectacular stone is 2.4m in height and is decorated with many cup-markings on its east sidei the deeply weathered grooves, which are its most noticeable feature, are, however, natural. In the absence of excavation, the boulder setting a little to the south cannot be satisfactorily explained.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Fife and Tayside’, (1987).

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