033 Stone, Yorkston, Gorebridge.
A large glacial erratic resting on smaller boulders and located
on a slight slope near a field boundary. The stone measures
approx. 2.50m x 1.70m x 0.90 high and is a distinctive
"pear" shape. The stone is located near Yorkston farm
and may had some past association, possibly even being the York
Stone? It has probably been moved from it's original location to
allow for cultivation. There are no references to this stone
ever having been standing.
The massive stone is located about 20m from a field gate on a
minor road to the east of Yorkston Farm at Roseberry Reservoir,
just off the B6372 Penicuik to Temple road.
Park at the t-junction a few hundred metres to the south of
Yorkston Farm and walk east along the road.
I first noticed this amazing stone during cycling trips in and
around the area and what drew my attention was its sheer size,
being much larger than the normal field clearance boulders you
see littered about the fields and also itís unusual shape.
It's unlikely the stone has any antiquarian history and has
probably simply been left there as itís too large to be easily
removed. Saying that, present day farm machinery would have no
trouble moving it and it may have been dragged there before
powerful tractors were available. The name, "Yorkston"
throws little light on the stone, the meaning being "quiet