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010 Boar Stone, Prora, North Berwick.

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Description
The Boar Stone now stands just inside the entrance drive to the garden at Prora farmhouse, having been moved from it's original position at NT 5280 7924. The date of its erection at the original location is unknown. It was dug up by Mr Reid, farmer of Drem, to ascertain if anything was buried below it. Nothing was found and it was re-erected in its present location out of the way of agricultural operations. The stone is described as a broken sandstone cross-shaft with chamfered edges, standing to a height of 1.80m.

Directions
From Haddington, take the A6137 for Aberlady, turn right onto the B1377 at the crossroads for Drem. At Drem, do not go left but veer right staying on the B1377. Prora is 1 mile further on.

Parking
On verge across road from house.

Folklore
The Boar Stone is traditionally said to have marked the spot where the last wild boar (or a boar) was slain. There is also some suggestion about it marking the site of a battle but no further information has come to light.

Fieldnotes
On first sighting this stone, I was rather disappointed mainly because it had been dressed and worked into the shape shown in the photograph. I even considered not including it in the site but when I later found out about the association of the stone with the slaying of the last wild boar in the Lothians, I decided it should be included. It is also possible that the present stone replaced an original un-worked stone at some time in the past, as is often the case when pagan sites become christianised.

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Quick Info
Type: Named Stone
Nearest Town: Haddington
Nearest Village: Drem
O.S.
Landranger Sheet 66
O.S. Explorer Sheet 351
Grid Reference: NT 5242 7975
GPS Reference: BOARST

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