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A guest feature by Alexander Jarvie

The other cup-marked boulder, at Corskellie - Image by Alexander Jarvie

Westertown Farm (NJ 58824450) is situated on the A97 just south of the B9001 junction. This is an area with many stone circles, indeed there is a circle at Cairnton in the next field. Canmore describe the stone as 2.2 meters in length by 1.5 meters wide with 12 plain cup marks, which made me, at any rate, wonder if the stone had originally been part of the circle. After several attempts looking I bit the bullet and enquired at the farmhouse.
Anybody looking for this cup marked stone will be wasting their time. The farmer buried the stone several years ago in the same field in which it had rested for years. The reason given – he couldn’t be bothered driving around it. There then followed arguments between the Historic Scotland and the farmer. So in the end not a very good result. (This info was supplied freely by the farmer’s daughter in law.)

Meanwhile at Corskellie (NJ 55864751), a magnificent cup and ring marked stone was found. The farmer here displayed the stone, along with two others, on a platform beside a new barn. Surely this would and should have been the answer at Westertown!


December 2009

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