The Justice Stone

Some hundred yards to the east of New Hopetoun Gardens in Abercorn Wood is situated what is known as the Justice Stone. This small standing stone is described in the Ordnance Survey Names Books (“https://scotlandsplaces.gov.uk“) as:

“A Coarse Stone Standing on end, in Hopetoun Wood where disputes are said to have been settled by the Barons and Magistrates in Old times. It stands about 3 feet high and is about 3 feet long & 3 feet Broad.
Mr. S.B. Hare Considers that it was a place of Meeting by the Barons & Knights for the purpose of Tournaments, or Jousts and therefore called “Jousting Stone”

“In the Wood of Abercorn there is a coarse grey Stone Standing on end which tradition intimates to have been the appropriate site of ancient meetings” Chalmers Caledonia, vol. II p. 839

Canmore (http://canmore.org.uk/site/49173) has used the Name Books to locate and describe the stone

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Fifty yards to the west of the Justice stone there lies another, smaller stone that Camore confusingly gives the alternative name as the “Justice Stone”.

This candidate for the title of Justice Stone is a smaller and smoother sandstone standing stone located amongst the overhanging branches of an ancient Yew tree.

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