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Lorg an Fhamhair,footprint carving

A Scheduled Monument in Thurso and Northwest Caithness, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.5116 / 58°30'41"N

Longitude: -3.6182 / 3°37'5"W

OS Eastings: 305817

OS Northings: 959292

OS Grid: ND058592

Mapcode National: GBR K6F7.99B

Mapcode Global: WH5BW.DB89

Entry Name: Lorg an Fhamhair,footprint carving

Scheduled Date: 3 February 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5299

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: inscribed stone

Location: Reay

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Thurso and Northwest Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness

Description

This monument consists of an incised footprint on the W end of a rock on a hill called Lorg an Fhamhair. Towards to N end of an exposed rock the impression of a human left foot has been hollowed out of the rock. It is 0.3m long, 0.15m in breadth across the sole and 0.13m across the heal. The depth of the impression is about 4cm. The area to be scheduled measures 20m in diameter, to include the incised foot and an area around, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of early medieval kingship. Such stones are well-authenticated in Ireland and Western Scotland down to the sixteenth century. Kings are said to have placed their feet in these impressions when being crowned or while holding court.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as ND 05 NE 11.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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