Historical Stones  

The Parliament StoneParliament Stone at the back of Glenshee Church.

The meeting place at the rear of the church at the Spittal of Glenshee is believed to be the place where Scots Kings held Parliament when they were on hunting trips in the Royal Forests in the area. With hunting lodges at Mar and at Castle Dubh in Braemar, King Malcolm and King David were frequent visitors to this district. Names like Kingseat at Ashmore (just outside Bridge of Cally) and Malcolm's Seat (to the east of the Spittal farm on the A93) bear witness to that.

The Parliament Stane is made of soft slate and is located in an ideal location to chair a meeting. The name of the hill on which it stands is "Sith Dhun" (The hill of peace), and it may well be that this is is the source of the name Glenshee, rather than the more commonly assumed "Fairy glen". The possibility that this was the case was put forward as early as the late 18th century, in the Old Statistical Account.

 

Collie Cam's Stane

Collie Cams Stone just of the A93 at the Blackwater InnComing from the south the first stone in Glenshee that the traveller will come upon is Collie Cam's Stane, which stands just before the Blackwater Inn at the side of the A93. Collie Cam was one of a race of giants who  lived in the glens long ago. This particular giant and his wife were rather a quarrelsome pair who were known to be guilty of throwing objects at one another as well as at their neighbours. One day, their arguments had been particularly heated, and Collie Cam picked up a huge boulder with the intention of thowing it at his wife. Fortunately for her, just as he was about to throw it, it split and the respective halves landed one half (Collie Cam's Stane) in Blackwater just beside the A93, and the other half (The Warrior's Stone) in Glenisla at Clachnockater.

The rumbling that you hear in the summer as you pass by that (which?) cave isn't thunder - it's Collie Cam and his wife still arguing. And the soft summer rain isn't rain - it's his wife's tears falling.  A few years ago, the Council broke off a piece from the stone it because of its proximity to the road; did any ill befall those that broke it?

A Childrens Chant about Collie Cam

" Collie Cam are ye within
Will ye come oot an' try a rin
A'm lickin ma pots, a'm cleaning ma pans
A'll no be oot for manys a lang "

 Clach Na Coilach - The Cock Stone

Clach Na Coilach (The Cock Stone) over looking Dalnaglar beside the A93The Cock's Stane lies close to west side of the A93, just a few hundred yards north of the Glenshee Pottery. In the 15th century the Lords Superior of the glen were the Earls of Atholl. Their taxmen collected their dues on a regular basis. Quite often they would take a little more than they were actually due.
On one occasion, as the tax gatherers went on their rounds they took the poultry of a poor widow who lived near Finegand, in a cottage owned by McComie Mhor, a man of great physical strength. She complained to him that they had taken more than their due, so he took off in pursuit of them. When he caught up with them he demanded the return of the fowls, but when this was refused he attacked the tax men and put them to flight. On its release, the cockerel immediately flew upon the large boulder and crowed lustily to reclaim his territory; and the rock was called the Cock's Stane from that day on.

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