Big Gray Stone

New Abbey, KCB, NX940621 [grid reference is approximate]

  • Big Gray stone 1793 Plan of the Lands of Kinharvie lying in the parish of Newabbey and County of Galloway belonging to Robert Riddel – Joseph Udney [Acc 7932/03]

Elements: SSE big; SSE gray; SSE stone

This was presumably a boundary marker. Scots gray stane is defined in the DSL as “a grey volcanic rock; specif. a large surface rock or boulder of grey stone, often used as a landmark or boundary stone, formerly treated with some superstitious regard.” Unlike the other boundary stones marked on this map (Big Stone, Dun Stone and Lug Stone) it doesn’t sit directly on a boundary line, but is nonetheless very close.

Detail from Plan of the Lands of Kinharvie lying in the parish of Newabbey and County of Galloway belonging to Robert Riddel
Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

This entry is still in draft and has yet to be proofed. There are links to the sources of historical forms of the name, where spellings can be checked.