Mare's Foal, Longformacus.
This large glacial erratic bounder is slightly smaller and
different in shape to the 018 Grey
Mare. The stone is easily located
and can be seen about 2.00m from the south-west side of the
road. There is a faint "arrow" carved on the top
surface of the stone. It may indicate the direction of the Grey
Mare but is more than likely an Ordnance Survey benchmark.
Wether Law can be found to the south west side of the road between
Longformacus and Gifford. For reference, the hill is due south of
Whiteadder Reservoir. The stone is easily seen from the roadside,
just opposite the head of the gully formed by the Killmade Burn.
There are a few small parking spaces along the roadside verge in
At first you might think this is just another big old boring
stone lying on the hillside. And, of course, you could be right,
it might just be that. However, if you look at Ordnance Survey
Explorer Sheet 345, there might just be an alignment or ley
between the Grey Mare, her Foal, Table Ring Cairn on the north
east slope of Penshiel Hill and Nine Stones Stone Circle.
Obviously placing a ruler on a map is pretty rough ready and
proper ground work would be required to prove this ley. The Grey
Mare's Foal may also not be in it's original position as I
suspect it may have been moved slightly when the roadside
drainage ditch was created. Might be worth further investigation