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Paddock Stone (Continued) [continued from page 55]
"A short way north of the Church" (Invergowrie Ch. [Church]) "at the side of the road leading to Liff an immense block of isolated rock stands conspicuous and is known by the name of the "Paddock Stone". It is difficult to assign a cause for this mass of stone occupying such a position but tradition has given us an interesting if not a satisfactory one and has assumed it as a corroboration of the fact of the early erection of the church. It appears from the authority alluded to that the "Paddock Stane" came from the vicinity of St. Andrews by a mode of conveyance now seldom adopted. It seems that the "Evil one" as Hobby Elliot's grandmother advisedly calls the devil happened some thousand years ago to be busily engaged in thwarting the pious exertions of the early pioneers of Christianity in Scotland when hearing that Boniface was making another encroachment on his Kingdom at Invergowrie and having little time to cross the Tay he espied this pebble! while wandering along the beach beyond the mouth of the Swilcan burn and as the old gentleman was exceedingly wroth at this invasion of his possessions in a perfect frenzy he snatched it up and hurled it at the workmen engaged in the erection of Invergowrie Ch. [Church] but happily "auld hornie" proved a bad marksman or he was not aware of his own strength, as he sent it buzzing over their heads and it alighted about half a mile north of the church where it has remained ever since and it is a veritable fact the authenticity of which all the old women in the district will vouch for that every morning when the cock crows this gigantic memento of Clooty's strength and ire spins round on a pivot three times" Rambles in Forfarshire 1850, p. [page] 107
This stone has evidently been artificially erected where it now stands. It is a huge boulder somewhat of a pear-like shape standing on its smaller end. It is one, in all likelyhood, of those monuments of memorial erected in a very remote and rude age to commemorate some battle or conflict - which the human bones dug up from time to time in the soil around and in the vicinity of it would tend to suggest the idea
It is evidently one of those standing stones usually denominated Cot stones in some districts of Scotland. [Initialled] J.C.

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