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Benbecula, Nunton, 'the Mermaid's Grave'

Stone (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Benbecula, Nunton, 'the Mermaid's Grave'

Classification Stone (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 92172

Site Number NF75SE 22

NGR NF 76098 53436

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish South Uist
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NF75SE 22 7610 5345

A field reconnaissance of the dunes fringing Culla Bay, undertaken by a correspondent at the request of the Keeper of Mollusca at the National Museum of Scotland (NMS), led to the discovery of an isolated stone within a wind-eroded hollow upon the crest of the dunes.

The possibility existed that this could mark the site of the grave of a mermaid, reportedly buried thereabouts cAD 1820-1830.

A brief examination of the stone's character did not support the hypothesis that it had been set-up as a grave-marker.

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