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Tallest Standing Stone in Scotland… Click for Full Sized pictures!

Posted on August 13, 2011

This single standing stone is believed to be the tallest in Scotland at approx 5.8 metres tall. Why this stone was erected and what it was for remains a mystery, how it was erected and by what method is a mystery as well. One idea is that it marked the site of a battle between two clans, the Morrisons and the Macaulays? Another that it marks the grave of a Norse prince who died at this location? Another that it was some kind of sea marker? But modern thinking is that it's the last stone of a stone circle built approx 5000 years ago similar to the Callanish Stone Circle (see the post on Callanish Stone Circle). The other stones of the circle are missing and it's believed that they were used by the locals for building houses and walls. The stone is called 'Clach an Trushal' in Gaelic, which means 'stone of compassion' in English, it is located on the North West side of Lewis.


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  1. The feuds between the Macaulays and the Morisons bulk largely in Lewis tradition. A great battle which was fought between them at Barvas, is traditionally believed to be commemorated by the Thrushel stone, the large menhir in that parish, which the Morisons are said to have erected to mark their victory over their hereditary foes ; not, it may be added, a very likely story. Torquil Macleod, grandson of Torquil L, son of Leod, is believed to have acted as mediator in the quarrel ; if that be so, the feud between the Morisons and the Macaulays must date as far back as about the middle of the fourteenth century. In the fifteenth century, according to tradition, the Macaulays and a family of the Macleods who resided at Pabbay, Uig, had a blood-feud.

  2. wonderful photos of Clan Morrison stone. I am very much interested in painting these photos with your ok. Please email me and let me know or direct me to the photographer please and thank you very much Patty Hovey

  3. Our callanish stone so tall possibly our heritage. Hope you get permission to paint the photos.

  4. Your more than welcome to paint any photos you like, they were all taken by me and free to anybody.

  5. Morrison’s put them there because we wanted to.

  6. Can anyone tell me what tours or tour packages and through what agency you used to go to the Isle of Lewis? I was in Scotland last year, but definitely want to do the Isle of Lewis and learn more of my heritage. Thank you.


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