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034 Coninie Stone, Kirkhope, Manor Valley.

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Description
This early Christian inscribed stone lay until 1890, in association with a cairn of stones at this site. It was taken to Peebles Museum in 1934, by which date the cairn had been demolished, but its position is probably marked by the circular setting of stonework, in which there lies a concrete replica of the stone. The stone is a block of hard whinstone 0.92m long and 0.24m broad on the inscribed face. The lettering is dateable to the 6th century AD. The memorial is inscribed on a slab of whinstone which has been fractured in an attempt to break it for re-use in dyking, this accounts for a number of wedge-shaped and pitted-hollows which cross the stone on its main axis. The inscription is incomplete but it has been suggested that it reads "Coninie the Martyr".

Directions
Take the A72 west from Peebles and turn left for Kirkton Manor. Continue following the minor road up Manor valley. Stop at the bridge over Kirkhope Burn. Follow the farm track up the valley, heading for Old Kirkhope. The stone is located by a solitary tree on the hill side.

Parking
Beside bridge over Kirkhope Burn or on verge.

Fieldnotes
The replica stone at this location has little to offer but the site appears to be the remains of an ancient burial cairn and offers a good viewpoint looking down into the Manor valley below.

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Quick Info
Type: Named Stone
Nearest Town: Peebles
Nearest Village: Kirkton Manor
O.S.
Landranger Sheet 72
O.S. Explorer Sheet 336
Grid Reference: NT 1923 3076
GPS Reference: CONNIS

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Other Sites Nearby
027 Ship Stone, Posso, Manor Valley.
028 Font Stone, Kirkhope, Manor.

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