The Easter Pitcorthie Stone

Ordnance Survey Map Reference NO497039

The south face of the stone, showing cup marks

The stone looking east

The stone looking south

The stone looking west

Close-up of the striations on the stone, west side

The stone on the skyline

Just off the B942 near Kilconquhar is Easter Pitcorthie farm, just to the west of which is a large standing stone. Obtaining permission at the farm house, I walked across a newly harrowed field to the stone itself. This farmer is careful to leave a good large area unploughed round the stone, unlike too many others. Two skylarks were singing their hearts out above me as I walked to the stone and back.

The stone itself is of red sandstone, nearly 8 feet tall, with a pronounced eastward slant, and is very prominent in the landscape, though it cannot be seen from the road. There are many cup marks on the southern face, but some of these are severely eroded. During excavations back in the 1850s, ashes and the remains of human bones were discovered interred beneath the stone.

Visited 30th March 2003

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