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Three Piked Stane

Cross (Period Unassigned)(Possible), Stone Circle (Neol/bronze Age)(Possible)

Site Name Three Piked Stane

Classification Cross (Period Unassigned)(Possible), Stone Circle (Neol/bronze Age)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) St Marjory's Cross

Canmore ID 66994

Site Number NY26NW 1

NGR NY 2170 6787

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Annan
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Annandale And Eskdale
  • Former County Dumfries-shire

Archaeology Notes

NY26NW 1 2170 6787.

(NY 2170 6787) Three Piked Stane (NAT) Stone Circle (NR) & St. Marjory's Cross (NR) (Site of)

OS 6" map (1945)

The Three Piked Stane is a large stone about 3 feet long, two feet wide, and about one foot thick, built into a bank a little to the west of Upper Woodhead. It is said to bear three holes, from which it derives its name but the only face visible was blank.

Several stones built into the banks near the place have evidently been removed from the 'Druidical Temple' said to have been on this spot. The 'Three Pikes Stane' is also identified as having formed part of St. Marjory's Cross, a stone in which a wooden cross formerly stood.

Name Book 1858; Statistical Account (OSA) 1792

There are two big granite boulders here, about 11 feet 6 inches apart. Other boulders lie along the parish boundary to the NE. There are no signs of St. Marjory's Cross.

Information from O G S Crawford 25 September 1934

In the corner of a field at NY 2169 6787 are two large rounded boulders. The southernmost is 1.2m long by 0.7m wide, and 0.7m high: the other is 1.1m long by 0.6m wide and 0.7m high. No markings or holes were seen on the boulders and it is impossible to say which stone, if any, is the Three Piked Stone. It is possible that the boulders are the remains of a stone circle as there are several stones nearby and in the hedgerow, but all are much smaller than the two described.

No further information was found regarding St. Marjory's Cross or its site.

Revised at 25".

Visited by OS (WDJ) 28 February 1963

Insufficient evidence to confirm a stone circle.

Visited by OS (JP) 21 February 1973.

Three Piked Stane. Listed as stone circle (possible) and cross (possible).

RCAHMS 1997.


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