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The Neolithic

Ritual

Laggangarn Standing Stone

Period:
Neolithic
Description:

Two cross-marked standing stones, of grey Silurian sandstone, traditionally said to be the survivors of a group of fourteen, seven of which remained visible in place in 1873.

Two of the stones are said to have been taken away for use as gatepots on the farm of Pultadie; two more for a similar use at Kilgallioch; and three taken away to Laggangarn for use as door lintels. A small squarish pillar 14m to the east is said to mark the grave of a farmer who removed some of the stones.  

 

It seems likely that the two stones are the survivors of a stone circle some of the stones of which were later inscribed with Early Christian crosses. 

 

Local folklore suggests that there is a story - possibly not true - that originally there were three standing stones, one being removed by the tenant of Laggangairn to form a door lintel.  For this act he was cursed and not long afterwards was bitten by a rabid dog. When he showed the first symptons of the dread disease he pleaded with his sister, with whom he lived, to smother him with the mattress. This she did and his grave is marked by the solitary small stone behind the Laggangairn stones. 

 

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