Loofie from Beeswing, New Abbey

The earliest form of curling stone, this is simply a water worn boulder of hard, igneous rock.  It can easily be held in the hand, the Scots word for which is "loof".  The breakages along one edge have been caused by collisions with other stones, perhaps in games played on Loch Arthur.   This type of stone was already falling out of favour by the early 1700s.
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circumference 625mm, weight 3.6kg (8lb)
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stone, igneous rock
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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