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Gallows Hill, The Hanging Stone, standing stone

A Scheduled Monument in Troup, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.6796 / 57°40'46"N

Longitude: -2.1339 / 2°8'1"W

OS Eastings: 392114

OS Northings: 865539

OS Grid: NJ921655

Mapcode National: GBR P82F.C3Z

Mapcode Global: WH9N6.674K

Entry Name: Gallows Hill, The Hanging Stone, standing stone

Scheduled Date: 29 June 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11139

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Pitsligo

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Troup

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument is known locally as 'The Hanging Stone' and comprises a standing stone of prehistoric date, visible as an upstanding monument.

The monument is situated within pasture on the summit of 'Gallows Hill' at about 70m O.D. The standing stone sits at the junction of three stone dyke field boundaries, which are built around it, and comprises a large oblong orthostat measuring c 2.3m high by c 0.6m square.

The monument probably relates to ritual activity of Neolithic or Bronze Age date.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the standing stone and an area around it within which related material may be expected to be found. It is irregular in shape, with maximum dimensions of 3.5m N-S by 2.5m E-W as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric ritual practices. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NJ96NW 19.


ORDNANCE SURVEY NAME BOOK (ABERDEESHIRE), Original Name Books of the Ordnance Survey Book No. 74, 28, 30.

Ordnance Survey 1874 First Edition Map (Aberdeenshire), 6 inches to 1 mile.

Ordnance Survey 1903 Second Edition Map (Aberdeenshire), 6 inches to 1 mile.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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