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Witches' Stone

Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name Witches' Stone

Classification Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 50366

Site Number NT16NW 8

NGR NT 1273 6973

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Ratho
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT16NW 8 1273 6973.

(NT 1273 6973) Witches Stone (NAT)

OS 6" map (1908)

Witches' Stone (NR) (site of)

OS 25" map (1969)

The "Witches' Stone", given as "Witch's Stone by all authorities except the RCAHMS and Coles, was considered by early authorities, e.g. Wilson, to be the capstone of a cromlech, but was in fact a naturally-split block of whinstone, about 8' long and triangular in shape. Its upper surface bore a number of cup marks from 1 1/2" to 3" in diameter.

It was blown up about 1919.

J R Allen 1882; RCAHMS 1929; D Wilson 1863; J Y Simpson 1868; F R Coles 1903; R W B Morris 1969


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