Clochoderick Stone (NS 374613)
Photograph by Hugh DP McArthur


HEIGHT 3.6m (12ft) BREADTH 5.1m (17ft) LENGTH 6.7m (22ft)

THE CLOCHODERICK STONE IS A PARTICULARLY FINE EXAMPLE OF A GLACIAL ERRATIC. COMPOSED OF VOLCANIC ROCK DIFFERING FROM THAT BELOW THE SOIL ON WHICH IT RESTS, BUT SIMILAR TO BEDROCK OCCURRING IN THE HILLS A FEW MILES TO THE NORTH AND WEST, AND DEPOSITED HERE DURING THE LAST ICE AGE AROUND 18,000 YEARS AGO.

LEGEND ASSERTS ITS USE BY THE DRUIDS AS A SITE FOR THE DISPENSATION OF JUSTICE ON THIS ROCKING STONE. DEPENDING ON HOW THE STONE MOVED, WITH THE ACCUSED IN PLACE, INNOCENT OR GUILTY WAS DECREED.

IT IS ALSO ASSERTED THAT THE STONE MARKS THE BURIAL PLACE OF RYDDERICK HAEL, MONARCH OF THE KINGDOM OF STRATHCLYDE. CONSIDERABLE RESEARCH ESTABLISHES HIS CRUSHING VICTORY OVER PAGANISM AT ARTHURET, NEAR CARLISLE, RESULTING IN THE CONVERSION OF THE COUNTRY TO CHRISTIANITY.

THIS PLAQUE ERECTED BY KILBARCHAN CIVIC SOCIETY - 1998
MOUNTED ON STONE DONATED BY HUNTER AND CLARK LTD OF GLASGOW


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