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068 Standing Stone, Black Rig, Ettrick.

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The standing stone on Black Rig stands about 700m south east of Clearburn Cottage, near the summit of Black Rig and on a slope facing the north east. Although now fallen, when erect it stood 0.90m high and is of rhomboidal section, its other dimensions being 0.60 x 0.30m. Its major axis was aligned from NNW. to SSE. There is no sign of the packing stones described in RCAHMS records although the slight mound is still visible on location. The suggestion that it served as a landmark to a nearby drove road does seem possible.

From Hawick, take the A7 south, then right onto the B711 for Roberton. Continue past Alemoor Reservoir and stop opposite Clearburn Loch. Black Rig is directly south of this feature.

On grass verge by roadside.

The purpose of this small standing stone, which would not have been very noticeable when erect is unclear. There are numerous linear earthworks in the area though much of it is wasted and over grown and is likely to have been an old land boundary. In 1480, the ranger of Yarrow got 2000 spades and forks. These may have been used for making ditches and banks to form the bounds of the stedes in Ettrick Forest, (a Royal hunting forest), bounds which still seem to be shown on the O.S. maps. It is unclear if the present stone is the original.

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Quick Info
Type: Standing Stone
Nearest Town: Hawick
Nearest Village: Roberton
Landranger Sheet 79
O.S. Explorer Sheet 335
Grid Reference: NT 3415 1437
GPS Reference: BCKRIG

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