Standing Stone, Ravenswood Ave, Edinburgh.
This standing stone is 2.06m high and it has a girth of over
2.00m at 0.90m from the base. Its main axis is almost due
north-south, but with a slight inclination towards the east. It
is of grey sandstone, badly weathered on two sides, and without
any artificial markings. It was moved a few yards from its
original position (in the present roadway) and set in concrete,
protected by a railing, during the construction of the housing
scheme in the vicinity.
Ravenswood Avenue is located to the east side of Edinburgh. It is
difficult to give directions for and the use of a street plan is
There is no charge for parking along most of the streets in the
This standing stone while protected by 6ft metal railings and
despite being located slap-bang in the middle of a modern
housing scheme, still hints at past glories. Not so long ago
this was open fields and one might have been able to envisage
just why this stone was erected here. Not far away at The Inch,
stands another stone, perhaps both once formed part of a greater
Some word play may also throw some light on the subject. The
word "Inch", an enclosed place, may be a corruption of
"Innes", a Gaelic word meaning place enclosed by
water, land, a fence or hills. It may also mean island, lake,
fold or even stone circle! One wonders?