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053 Refuge Stone, Torphichen Preceptory.

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Description
The Refuge Stone at Torphichen Preceptory is a small squared stone standing erect in the churchyard at the above location. The stone has numerous pock marks none of which seem to be of artificial origin.

Directions
Torphichen Preceptory is well signposted from Torphichen, a small village north of Bathgate.

Parking
Outside Torphichen Preceptory.

Folklore
This stone is said to be one of the 'refuge stones' that formed a circle at a distance of a mile around Torphichen Preceptory. All of the space within the circle formed by these stones was as much a legal sanctuary as the church itself and offered protection against the law to every criminal or debtor who entered and remained within its precincts.

Fieldnotes
I had actually visited this location before but have not been fully aware what I was looking for and missed it entirely.

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Quick Info
Type: Named Stone
Nearest Town: Bathgate
Nearest Village: Torphichen
O.S.
Landranger Sheet 65
O.S. Explorer Sheet 349
Grid Reference: NS 9684 7230
GPS Reference: REFUGE

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054 Refuge Stone, Westfield, Torphichen.

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