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Caiy Stane

Graffiti (19th Century), Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name Caiy Stane

Classification Graffiti (19th Century), Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Caiystane; Cetstane; Kel Stane; Camus Stone;

Canmore ID 51756

Site Number NT26NW 14

NGR NT 24243 68357

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

NT26NW 14 2424 6835

See also NT26NW 13.

The Caiy Stane, also called the Kel Stane or Camus Stone (OSA 1797) (but cf. NT26NW 26), is situated in a recess in the wall on the E side of Caiystane View, near the junction with Oxgangs Road. It is a fine monolith of red sandstone, roughly rectangular in section, facing E-W. It measures 9ft 3ins (2.75m) in height, from 4ft 2ins (1.23m) to 5ft 9ins (1.55m) in breadth and from 10ins (0.25m) to 1ft 7ins (0.48m) in thickness. A row of six much-weathered cup-marks may be seen low down on its E face.

T Whyte 1792; J Y Simpson 1866; F R Coles 1903; RCAHMS 1929; R W Feachem 1977.


Field Visit (28 August 1913)

Caiy Stone, Fairmilehead.

About ¼ mile west of Fairmilehead, in a cultivated field on the northern side of the road to Colinton, is a fine monolith of red sandstone, roughly rectangular in shape. It stands on the summit of a small rise 54 feet north of the road-side and 80 feet west of a belt of trees. It is 9 feet 3 inches in height, 5 feet 9 inches in breadth about half way up its height, 4 feet 2 inches at the base, and 19 inches in thickness on the southern side and 10 inches on the northern side. It faces almost due east and west. Some 14 inches from the ground on the eastern face is a curved row of six small hollows, varying from 7/8 inch to 2 inches in diameter, the smallest being towards the southern edge of the stone and 20 inches from it. These hollows, although much weathered, appear to be artificial and have been recorded as cup marks by Sir James Y. Simpson (1). The stone hasb een known also as the Kel Stane or the Camus Stone (2).

RCAHMS 1929, visited 28 August 1913.

(1) Proc. Soc. Ant. Scat., vi (1864-5), p. 32; (2) Cf. Statistical Account (1797), xix, p. 591; Proc. Soc. Ant. Scat., xxxvii (1902-3), p. 208.

Project (1997)

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association ( set up a National Recording Project in 1997 with the aim of making a survey of public monuments and sculpture in Britain ranging from medieval monuments to the most contemporary works. Information from the Edinburgh project was added to the RCAHMS database in October 2010 and again in 2012.

The PMSA (Public Monuments and Sculpture Association) Edinburgh Sculpture Project has been supported by Eastern Photocolour, Edinburgh College of Art, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Historic Scotland, the Hope Scott Trust, The Old Edinburgh Club, the Pilgrim Trust, the RCAHMS, and the Scottish Archive Network.

Field Visit (26 February 2000)

Standing stone with cup-marks 50cm from the ground on the east face, standing in a semi-circular cobbled area with a wall behind.

Inscriptions : None

Signatures : None

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0340)

Field Visit (10 October 2019)

A signature 'J FORREST' has been incised into the rear face of this standing stone. The style of the lettering suggests that the graffiti is of 19th or early 20th century date.

Visited by HES Survey and Recording (JRS) 10 October 2019.


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