The Bogleys Stone

Ordnance Survey Map Reference NT296951

The stone looking north

The stone looking west

The stone looking south

The stone looking east

The cupmark

This stone stands in a field just on the eastern outskirts of Kirkcaldy, just where the A921 branches from the A92. Parking can be accomplished a couple of hundred metres along this road (a small layby). It is a large lump of sandstone standing just over 2m high, 1m wide, and about 0.6m thick, aligned E-W. There is one small cup mark high on the north face of the stone. According to the old Statistical Accounts, it marks the traditional site of a battle with the Danes about AD. 874.

Update: November 2004:
The site has now been cleared for opencast mining. The stone was lifted and stored, and will be returned once mining has been completed. From the local press comes this report -

Four human cremation burial plots have been uncovered at the Kingslaw opencast site on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy. And it is understood they form part of complex religious ceremonies carried out by settlers thousands of years ago. The discovery was made by Fife Council archaeologists as they removed the 4000-year-old Bogleys Standing Stone from the Kingslaw development, which is currently being mined by Lanarkshire-based GM Mining, before being turned into a business and leisure facility. Moving and protecting the ancient Bronze Age stone was part of an archaeological condition laid down before planning permission was given. Fife Council archaeologist Douglas Speirs told The Press: "The Bogleys Stone was probably erected about 4,000 years ago. It is the last visible vestige of what must have been a highly charged area of ritual landscape. The stone is massive, standing some seven feet above ground and weighing more than five tons. Clearly the extraordinary degree of effort that went into moving and erecting this stone demonstrates the intensity of meaning that this site had to the Bronze inhabitants of central Fife. Exactly how the stone was used is not entirely clear, but archaeological excavations have shown that complex religious ceremonies, including the symbolic burial of human remains around the stone was practised. Indeed, four human cremation burials were found radiating out around the stone."

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