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Menteith

Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art

<b>Menteith</b>Posted by tiompanImage © tiompan
Also known as:
  • Ballochraggan, Nether Glenny, Over Glenny

Nearest Town:Callander (9km NE)
OS Ref (GB):   NN562017 / Sheet: 57
Latitude:56° 11' 10" N
Longitude:   4° 19' 2.24" W

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Good to be back on home turf after a while dahn sarf . Five new finds today , some of the most photogenic . tiompan Posted by tiompan
21st November 2010ce

Some fine previously unrecorded finds from today .
first or last pic, depending on how you look at it is good example of bad light not showing up eight cup marks three of which have rings .The next pic is the same rock surface in decent light .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
25th August 2010ce
Edited 25th August 2010ce

Some new finds from the area . The "sun symbol" motif is particularly rare . tiompan Posted by tiompan
1st April 2009ce

Folklore

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I happened upon this whilst looking for Menteith-related stories. So it's not exclusively about this area, but does include it. And I think it's really nice. It mentions white bulls - those famous ancient beasts of the Tain (or Cattle Raid of Cooley) epic, and maybe the sort whose descendents you can visit at Chillingham. Thoughts of the wild wood I suppose. The original was written in Latin by Hector Boece in his 'Scotorum Historiae'. But there's a translation of the 1575 version at this website
http://www.philological.bham.ac.uk/boece/
Marching with Argyll and Lennox in the interior lie the districts of Sterling and Menteith, and not far distant a town of this same name of Sterling, together with a very stout castle formerly named Mons Dolorosus. Once upon a time the Caledonian forest began here, and the old names Callendar and Caldar still remain. It ran in a long expanse through Menteith and Stratherne as far as Athol and Lochaber.

This forest is wont to produce very white bulls that have lion-like manes but otherwise resemble domesticated ones, but they are so wild and untamed that they avoid contact with men, and if they sense that some plant or tree has been touched by human hand, they shun it for several days thereafter. If they are captured by some trick (a very difficult thing to do), they soon die of sorrow. And when they see they are being attacked, they charge whomever they encounter and lay him low, having no fear of dogs, javelins, nor any kind of steel.

They say that Robert Bruce, having gained the throne and pacified his kingdom, hunted here for his recreation and came close to destruction. For when he was wandering about wherever his fancy took him, carefree and unescorted, he was confronted by a bull of this kind that had been wounded by a hunting-dart. Driven to a frenzy, it confronted Robert and threatened him with imminent death, and the king had no way of avoiding the danger. While all his company saw this and were standing stock-still in amazement, one present-minded man, willing to sacrifice his life for the king's sake, took the bull by the horns with might and main, and not only stopped it in its tracks, but very courageously wrestled it to the ground without suffering any harm himself.

Then the bull was slain by the spears of those who came a-running, and this averted the king's impending death. As a reward for saving his life, the king handsomely rewarded the fellow by conferring on him the name of Turnbull. Families of this name, possessed of no small degree of nobility, still exist, and that king is said to have been the first to give them this name and distinction.

The meat of this animal is delightful to eat and our nobility is particularly fond of it, although it does have gristle. But the gaming that used to be found in all that forest are now to be seen only in that part which is called Cumbernauld, having been hunted to extinction elsewhere to appease Man's gluttony.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
1st March 2011ce
Edited 2nd March 2011ce

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Menteith; the Over Glenny panel on BRAC


rockartuk Posted by rockartuk
2nd April 2009ce

Menteith; the Nether Glenny panels on BRAC


rockartuk Posted by rockartuk
2nd April 2009ce
Edited 2nd April 2009ce

Rock Art in the Menteith Hills


An illustrated paper about the rock art at Ballochraggan, Nether Glenny and Over Glenny in the Menteith Hills near Aberfoyle, Stirling, Scotland.
rockartuk Posted by rockartuk
28th December 2008ce
Edited 6th February 2010ce

Menteith; the Ballochraggan panels on BRAC


rockartuk Posted by rockartuk
21st September 2005ce
Edited 2nd April 2009ce

Maarten van Hoek's Rock art site


Pictures of Menteith ..... and a whole lot more.

The Menteith images are (clockwise from top right): 26, 17, 12 east, 10
greywether Posted by greywether
14th December 2004ce
Edited 14th December 2004ce