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ST BRIDE'S RING "St. Brides Ring" New Stat: [Statistical] Account
James Webster, farmer
R Arklay Esqr.
050 [Situation] About 18 chains NE [North East] of Kingennie farm steading
"On the top of a small knoll near Kingennie, is an interesting relic of antiquity called "St Brides Ring". It consists of a circle of stones (large blocks forming the outer rim, and smaller boulders the inner) about 60 feet in diameter. on the eastern side is an entrance several feet in with, having somewhat the appearance of regular masonry but the blocks are wholly unchisselled. It seems to have been a place of worship, but who St. Bride was is not known; only it is thought that the neighbouring parish of Panbride received its name from the same Saint" New Stat: [Statistical] Account
The outer and inner edges of the Circle are marked by dotted lines on trace. Some of the stones forming the outer rim, on the South and east sides appear to be the remains of masonry work. The large blocks and boulders forming the two rims as stated in Stat: Acct: [Statistical Account] are not visible all round the Circle, being wanting at the north side. The ring, from the appearance of the ground is clearly traceable. Mr. Webster states that a few pieces of charred wood were dug out of the Centre of the ring some years ago

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There appears to be no traditions in the country as to the origin
of this object or its use. Some persons talk of it as being a place
of sepulture but excavations recently made does not warrant this
supposition. - The stones as now seen where the circle is most complete
(which is the southern side) are laid apparently like the foundation
of an intended strong wall. Some of the stones are probably not less
than two tuns in weight. There is but one course of stones
at present laid, but it is very likely there were more courses
originally than one. There are several large stones lying around
which likely formed at sometime past a part of the wall
and some large stones are lying at a distance at the bottom of
the steep side of the knoll or hill on the eastern side of the circle
The present tenant of the farm Mr. Webster states that his father
broke up many of the largest stones by gunpowder for the purpose
of building fences &c. - The stones in the circle are not very deeply
imbedded in the soil, probably 18 inches or so.
Perhaps this object might have been originally constructed for the purposes of defence
and might have been an outpost or small fort in connection with the vitrified fort on Laws Hill

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