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069 Standing Stone, Midsheils, Hawick.

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To the north of Midshiels farm, can be seen a standing stone that reaches a height of over 2.10m and with a similar girth. The stone is four sided, with right-angled corners and rises with a slight taper to a chisel top. Approx 90m to the south west the remains of a cairn can be seen.

From Hawick, take a minor road leading north east towards Hassendean farm. The stone is in the field adjacent to the road leading to Midshiels farm.

There is no easy parking in the vicinity. The best way to view this stone is to park the car in Hawick and follow the old railway line which runs at a raised level to the north of the stone.

This stone is very similar in size and shape to the standing stone at 067 Warrior's Rest, both of which are associated with burial cairns and have clear views of the rising sun to the east. The Midshiels stone also has a very suggestive phallic shape, perhaps indicating rebirth is an area used for burial. The area is also cultivated and other cairns may have been lost to the plough and field clearance.

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Quick Info
Type: Standing Stone
Nearest Town: Hawick
Landranger Sheet 79
O.S. Explorer Sheet 331
Grid Reference: NT 5339 1774
GPS Reference: MDSHLS

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