Middleton

Destroyed3

Location

Scotland Stirling Central Scotland NS 56100 76600
Lat 55.9608375   Long -4.30672789

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: ?m
No. of stones: ? Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 135° Altitude: 150m
Upper end: Pillar Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Cists

Notes: Destroyed. The single primary source for this row is John Guthrie Smith’s book “The Parish of Strathblane and its inhabitants from Early Times“, pg. 256 published in 1886.

He wrote: The “Law Stone of Mugdock” stands on the side of the road a few hundred yards to the south of Middleton farm-house. It is a huge block of freestone, and was the largest of a row of similar stones in a line to the south-eastward of it. It was no doubt placed there with infinite labour by some early Strathblane race, either as a place of worship or as a memorial of the dead.  The “Law Stone” is the sole survivor of the row, the other stones having long ago been broken up and carried away for building purposes.

and added “when the late James Shearer was levelling the field in which these stones were placed he discovered a number of stone coffins close to them”.

Burl notes that this row consisted of 4 stones, but there does not seem to be any evidence to support this.

Identification

Category: Possible. This stone row is only known from the 1886 description by John Guthrie Smith who provides a few details. It is clear that the row had been destroyed many years before and whilst he says that the Law Stone of Mugdock still survived in the later part of the 19th century it is not shown on the Ordnance Survey map of the period.  This combined with the fact he does not depict it on the map that accompanied his book and his description of its position is contradictory is unfortunate and adds uncertainty. On balance it is likely that there was a stone row at this location and it probably included a small number of closely spaced large stones.


Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Canmore     John Guthrie Smith

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 224.

Ruggles, C.L.N., 1999, Astronomy in prehistoric Britain and Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 197.

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