Refuge Stone, Torphichen Preceptory.
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
Torphichen Preceptory is well signposted from Torphichen, a small
village north of Bathgate.
Outside Torphichen Preceptory.
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
I had actually visited this location before but have not been
fully aware what I was looking for and missed it entirely.