MHG42066 - Cairn, Stone Lud


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  • CAIRN (Undated)

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GR for southern stone corrected to above. Cairn lies to N as separate SAM at 322170961744 - HAW 02/2005
Stone Lud (NR) (ND 2216 6174) Cairn (NR) (ND 2218 6171) Stone (NAT) OS 6" map, (1970)

'Stone Lud' is a standing stone, 8ft 6ins high, 3ft to 3ft 8ins broad and 1ft 9ins thick. It is frequently suggestsed that this stone marks grave of Liot, one of Orkney Earls, who was mortally wounded in battle with Scots at Skida Mire (ND15SE 12) between 943 and 945, but other than slight resemblance of the names, there is no warrant for suggestion.
Another stone similar to, and possibly associated with, Stone Lud lies prostrate about 96ft to SSE. It measures 8ft 3ins long, 3ft 10ins to 4ft 10ins broad and 10ins thick.
A small cairn, 26ft in diameter and 1ft in height, lies about 23ft NW of Stone Lud. It has been excavated.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910

'Stone Lud', the possibly associated prostrate stone, and the small cairn are as described by RCAHMS. Around the prostrate stone is a grass-covered oval enclosure measuring 5m by 4m, the purpose of which could not be ascertained.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 29 October 1965

'Stone Lud' is as described above. The small cairn exhibits no cist, chamber or kerb and the previous excavation has become filled by soil and vegetation. The prostrate stone, though partially turf-covered appears to be 3.5m in full length. The 'enclosure' noted by previous OS field investigator is possibly the result of crude excavation around the fallen stone.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (J B) 6 May 1982

Standing Stone (ND 2222 6172), 'Stone Lud'. Height: 2.59m. The stone is 1.14m wide and 0.49m thick at base, leaning with the prevailing wind, in an area surrounded by thick grass and reeds. A prostrate stone lies in a small depression SSE of standing stone. It is 1.48m wide at the base and 1.96m long. The associated cairn is sub-circular, measuring 8.5 x 9m.
R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995

This is a large impressive Stone, c. 2.65m high. This stone has a crack or split which is visible on both N and S ends of the stone. In the fullness of time it appears that the ice will split this stone down the middle.
Information supplied by Olaf Swarbrick, 07/06/01.
See assoc. docs. File. J Aitken : 03/07/01.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 5, No. 13 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 2218 6171 (14m by 14m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND26SW
Civil Parish BOWER
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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