The History of Leith

August 19, 2011

Battle-stones

Other relics of the unwritten ages exist near Edinburgh in the shape of battle-stones ; but many have been removed. In the immediate neighbourhood of the city, close to the huge monolith named the Camus Stone, were two very large conical cairns, named Cat (or Cath) Stones, until demolished by irreverent utilitarians, who had found covetable materials in the rude memorial stones.
Underneath these cairns were cists containing human skeletons and various weapons of bronze and iron. Two of the latter material, Spear-heads, are still preserved at Morton Hall. Within the
grounds of that mansion, about half a mile distant from where the cairns stood, there still stands an ancient monolith, and two larger masses that are in its vicinity are not improbably the relics of a ruined cromlech. ” Here, perchance, has been the battleground of ancient chiefs, contending, it may be, with some fierce invader, whose intruded arts startle us with evidences of an antiquity which seems primeval. The locality is peculiarly suited for the purpose. It is within a few miles of the sea, and enclosed in an amphitheatre of hills ; it is the highest ground in the immediate neighbourhood, and the very spot on which the warriors of a retreating host might be expected to make a stand ere they finally betook themselves to the adjacent fastnesses of the Pentland Hills.”

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