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Hole Stone

Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name Hole Stone

Classification Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 64766

Site Number NX78NW 1

NGR NX 7255 8697

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Dalry (Stewartry)
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Stewartry
  • Former County Kirkcudbrightshire

Archaeology Notes

NX78NW 1 7255 8698.

(NX 7256 8698 ap (1909)

This holed stone, on the crest of a hill, is a whinstone slab measuring some 2'6" x 4-9 ins and 3ft high. The hole is 4 1/2 ins in diameter and for the greater part of its depth has probably been a natural cup mark. The upper part of the stone was broken through the perforation about 1840 and is in the possession of the Rev Mr Corrie, U F Minister, Glencairn. The stone is reputed to have been used in connection with "handfasting".

Coles alleges that this stone stands within a stone circle. The stones supposed to form it are very irregular in size and character; some are small, easily moved boulders while others are large pieces of detached rock. The general appearance is not that of a stone circle.

RCAHMS 1914, visited 1911; F R Coles 1895; Name Book 1850

NX 7255 8697. Hole Stone, name verified. A standing stone, as described. The upper portion was undoubtedly perforated, but it is otherwise unmarked. Coles plan is unconvincing as a stone circle, and several of the 'stones' proved to be protuding living rock. Most were not located, and no portable material was found.

Surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (JRL) 24 August 1977


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