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Clach Stein,standing stones,Knockaird

A Scheduled Monument in An Taobh Siar agus Nis, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 58.4959 / 58°29'45"N

Longitude: -6.2326 / 6°13'57"W

OS Eastings: 153478

OS Northings: 964189

OS Grid: NB534641

Mapcode National: GBR B6Z8.KZM

Mapcode Global: WGY1P.7QC9

Entry Name: Clach Stein,standing stones,Knockaird

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5360

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Barvas

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: An Taobh Siar agus Nis

Traditional County: Ross-shire


Early 19th century. 3-storey, 3-bay near-symmetrical town house with pilastraded shopfront at ground. Tooled sandstone ashlar, painted at ground, with polished dressings. Raised margins. Base course; corniced lintel at ground; cill course at 1st and 2nd floors; eaves course.

SW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 7-bay pilastrade at ground, 5-bay shopfront to left, with modern door at centre, flanked by pairs of 2-pane plate glass windows in flanking bays; blank bay to penultimate right; pend entrance in bay to outer right, with modern decorative wrought-iron gate. Regular fenestration to bays at 1st and 2nd floors.

NW ELEVATION: adjoining building.

NE (REAR) ELEVATION: bowed stair tower engaged to left of centre with window between 1st and 2nd floors.

SE ELEVATION: adjoining building.

INTERIORS: not seen, 1999.

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof, with lead ridge. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Rendered and lined gablehead stacks, splayed to left; coped, with circular cans. Coped skews; decorative skewputts with panelled obelisks to principal elevation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as evidence of ritual activity connected with the late Neolithic or Bronze Age. Further study of it and related examples may increase our understanding of the purpose and function of these structures in prehistoric society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



shown on 1st (1852) and 2nd (1892) edition OS Maps; C McWilliam, LOTHIAN (1978), p383; J Thomas, MIDLOTHIAN (1995), p75.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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