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"of adoration, but for the analogous purpose of Sacrificing altars. It must however be observed, that Crom is not the
proper epithet, either in the British, or in the Irish, for inclining, or Sloping, unless the stone was also concave; Crom,
literally signifies, in both those languages, bending, bowed, bent, concave, and might be applied to the attitude of the body,
in bowing. For drawings of Cromlechs, see Pennant's Tour in Wales, V. [Volume] ii. [2] P. [Page] 246; King's Munimentia Antiqua Pl [Plate] viii.ix.x.xi [8, 9,10, 11] p. 222.
Borlase's Cornwall P.[Page] 223. Pl [Plate] 21: Ure's Rutherglen P.[Page]85."- (Chalmer's Caledonia vol 1 P 74-75.)

In a conversation I had, some years ago, with Adam [Simm] Esq. Culter Mains, Lanarkhshire, an eminent antiquary,
who has made Druidism, and supposed Druidcal remains his especial study, he stated that from all the
research he had made, his opinion was that, the Cromlech was the Sepulchral Stone of some eminent person
connected with Druidism i.e. Archdruid or other Druid priest. The Druids were in Britain the first
and most distinguished order in the island, chosen out of the best families, and the honours of their birth,
added to their office, procured them the highest veneration, and it is very probable, that, the poor and ignorant
British, followers of Druidism, would look upon the Druid Priests as demigods, or Saints, and like the
followers of Romanism at the present day, bow, or pray at the Tomb of their Priest, or Saint. This supposition
will certainly bear out the supposed derivation of "Cromlech being The Stone of Adoration."
B Render Sapper R.E. [Royal Engineers] 9th March 1866

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