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Taxing Stone, Little Laight Hill

Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name Taxing Stone, Little Laight Hill

Classification Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 60864

Site Number NX07SE 1

NGR NX 0623 7096

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Inch
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Wigtown
  • Former County Wigtownshire

Archaeology Notes

NX07SE 1 0623 7096

(NX 0623 7096) Taxing Stone (NR)

OS 1:10000 map (1978)

A standing stone in the line of a dyke. It measures 6' in height above the ground, 2'4" in greatest breadth and 1'10" at base, 1'6" in thickness and faces east and west. It is said to bear the name of 'Laicht Alpin' and to commemorate the burial of Alpin, sometime king of the Scots of Dalriada, assassinated in Glenapp in AD 741.

H Maxwell 1887; RCAHMS 1912.

As described by RCAHMS. The stone is known locally as the 'Taxing Stone', but no information was found regarding its association with Alpin.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 28 February 1968.

This stone, which stands in a drystone dyke immediately E of the old gun battery (NX07SE 54) on Little Laight Hill, measures a maximum of 0.7m by 0.5m at the base and 1.7m in height. Graffiti carved on the E face of the stone include the date 1720.

RCAHMS 1987, visited (SH) 19 March 1986.

Taxing Stone [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, April 2010.

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