MHG4587 - Bigla's Key Stone


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  • STONE (Undated)

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NH92SW 5 94 22.

Clach-an-tuill-Pitlac (Bigla's Key Stone) is traditionally the hiding-place used by Bigla (Matilda) Cumin (NH91NW 4), to hide her keys when attending the church at Duthil, which she allegedly founded.
The stone is c. 3ft long and 2 1/2ft broad, lying flat on the ground and broken lengthways into two. Near the centre is a hole c 4" diameter bored through from each side. It is said to have been whole, and standing in 1859. Situated "in the woods which now cover the Garten Hills", (Mitchell and Drummond 1875) halfway between Drumuille and Duthil (NSA 1845).
A Mitchell and J Drummond 1875; NSA 1845.

Unable to locate this stone, area now covered by a dense plantation. Visited by OS (R L) 2 November 1966.

NSA, 1845, The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, Vol. 13, Elginshire, 133 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2597.

Mitchell, A and Drummond, J, 1874, Vacation notes in Cromar, Burghead, and Strathspey. Including notice of one of the supposed burial-places of St Columba, 675-6; fig. (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1803.

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Grid reference Centred NH 9400 2200 (6m by 6m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH92SW

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