Four-poster Stone Circles

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A four-poster stone circle features four upright stones standing at the corners of an irregular quadrilateral. The circle may contain more stones, but the four at the corners are the most prominent ones.

In Scotland there are 54 monuments, or traces of monuments, which are or might have been four-poster stone circles, and there are a few in England. They are mostly in Perthshire, with a cluster on the Isle of Arran and scattered ones as far north as Caithness and as far south as Yorkshire.

The list of Scottish four-poster circles is taken from LinkExternal link but there does seem to be occasional confusion as to which circle is exactly where.

Only a small number, so far, have been recorded for Geograph.

Achnaclyth

Latheron ND0933 See LinkExternal link
ND0933 : Four poster stone circle near Achnaclyth by Claire Pegrum

Allt Cul Corriehiam (1)

Kilmory NR9426 See LinkExternal link

Allt Cul Corriehiam (2)

Kilmory NR9426 See LinkExternal link

Allt nan Tighean

Kilmory NR9725 See LinkExternal link

Arrat's Mill

Brechin NO6458 See LinkExternal link

Aucheleffan

Kilmory NR9824 See LinkExternal link
NR9725 : Aucheleffan Standing Stones by Leslie Barrie NR9725 : Aucheleffan Stone Circle by Brian Robertson

Bagbie


Kirkmabreck NX9756 See LinkExternal link

Balcathie

Arbirlot NO6039 See LinkExternal link

Ballymichael (1)

Kilmory NR9232 See LinkExternal link

Ballymichael (2)

Kilmory NR9132 See LinkExternal link

Borland Glen

Glendevon NO0728 See LinkExternal link

Braes of Bucharn

Gartly NJ5136 See LinkExternal link

Brankam Hill

Lintrathen NO3055 See LinkExternal link

Carse Farm

Dull NN8048 See LinkExternal link
NN8048 : Carse Farm Stone Circle by Keith Rose NN8048 : Carse Farm Four Poster by Michael Murray NN8048 : Carse Farm stone circle by Gordon Hatton NN8048 : Stone circle (or square) by Russel Wills NN8048 : Stone circle, Carse Farm by Richard Webb

Carse Grey

Rescobie NO4653 See LinkExternal link

Clachan an Diridh

NN9255 : standing stones in the forest by bill copland NN9255 : Clachan an Diridh by Russel Wills
Moulin NN2955 See LinkExternal link

Clach na Tiompain

Monzievaird and Strowan NN8332 See LinkExternal link
NN8332 : Standing stone in Glen Almond by M J Richardson

Na Clachain Aoraidh

Blair Atholl NN8362 See LinkExternal link
NN8362 : Stone Circle by Rob Burke NN8362 : Na Clachan Aoraidh by Richard Webb NN8362 : Na Clachan Aoraidh by Richard Webb NN8362 : Na Clachan Aoraidh by Richard Webb NN8362 : Na Clachan Aoraidh by Richard Webb NN8362 : Na Clachan Aoraidh by Richard Webb

Coldrochie

Moneydie NO0728 See LinkExternal link

Craighall

Rattray NO1848 See LinkExternal link
NO1848 : Standing Stone near Broad Moss by Sylvia Barrow NO1848 : Kynballoch standing stone by Mike Pennington NO1848 : Standing stone at Kynballoch by Gordon Hatton NO1848 : Standing stone near Courthill by Oliver Dixon NO1848 : Standing stone near Courthill by Oliver Dixon

Dalginross

Comrie NN7821 See LinkExternal link
NN7821 : Standing Stones in Cemetery wood by Andrew Scobie NN7821 : Ring of Standing Stones in Cemetery wood by Elliott Simpson NN7821 : Dalginross Stone Circle by Ewen Rennie NN7821 : The Court Knoll by Dr Richard Murray

Druid's Altar

SD9465 See LinkExternal link
SD9465 : Bordley Stone Circle by John Illingworth SD9465 : Bordley Stone Circle by John Illingworth SD9465 : Bordley Stone Circle by John Illingworth

Easthill

Blackford NN9212 See LinkExternal link
NN9212 : Standing Stones by wfmillar NN9212 : Standing Stone in Auchterarder Perth and Kinross. by Michael Murray NN9212 : All the Auchterarder Standing Stones by Michael Murray NN9212 : Megalithic monument and modern road by James Allan NN9212 : Standing stones, Auchterarder by Richard Webb

Faire na Pataig

Moulin NO0766 See LinkExternal link
NO0766 : Stone Circle, Faire na Paitig by Lis Burke NO0766 : Part of a bigger stone circle (1) by Dennis simpson NO0766 : Part of a bigger stone circle (2) by Dennis simpson NO0766 : Stone circle at Faire na Paitig by Jim Barton

Ferntower

Crieff NN8722 See LinkExternal link
NN8722 : Ferntower Stone Circle from West by Ewen Rennie

Fingask Loch

Blairgowrie NO1643 See LinkExternal link
NO1643 : Stone Circle with Road by Karl Peet NN8722 : Ferntower Stone Circle from West by Ewen Rennie NO1643 : Stone Circle with a road running through the middle by Elliott Simpson

Fontburn Reservoir

NZ0393
NZ0393 : Fontburn Reservoir four poster stone circle by Andrew Curtis

Garleffin

Ballantrae NX0881 See LinkExternal link

Glenkilrie

Kirkmichael (Perthshire) NO1262 See LinkExternal link

Glenree

Kilmory NR9426 See LinkExternal link

The Goatstones

NY8274 See LinkExternal link
NY8274 : The Goatstones by Andrew Curtis NY8274 : The Goatstones by Les Hull

Gormack Muir

Kinloch NO1147 See LinkExternal link

Grave of Diarmid

Kirkmichael (Perthshire) NO1170 See LinkExternal link
NO1170 : Diarmid's Grave from West by Ewen Rennie

Green of Invermay

Forteviot NO0416 See LinkExternal link

Howemill

Tough NJ5810 See LinkExternal link

Image Wood

Aboyne and Glentanar NO5299 See LinkExternal link
NO5299 : Aboyne Stone Circle by C Page NO5299 : Stone Circle by Anne Burgess NO5299 : Stone Circle by Anne Burgess NO5299 : Stone Circle by Anne Burgess

Invergowrie

Dundee NO3430 See LinkExternal link

Kingoodie

Longforgan NO3329 See LinkExternal link

Leadketty (1)

Dunning NN0216 See LinkExternal link

Leadketty (2)

Dunning NO0115 See LinkExternal link

Loanhead

Auchterarder NN9715 See LinkExternal link

Lundin

Logierait NN8862 See LinkExternal link
NN8850 : Lundin Stone Circle by Lisa Jarvis

Madadh Lounie

Kilmory NR9248 See LinkExternal link

Mains of Huntingtower

Tibbermore NO0725 See LinkExternal link

Middle Powside

Methven NO0524 See LinkExternal link

Millhills

Crieff NN8819 See LinkExternal link

Myreside

Spynie NJ2165 See LinkExternal link

Parkneuk

Bendochy NO1951 See LinkExternal link
NO1951 : Stone Circles by Sylvia Barrow NO1951 : Stone Family by Glen Breaden

Pitcarry

Arbuthnott NO8273 See LinkExternal link

Raich

Forgue NJ6143 See LinkExternal link
NJ6143 : Raich Stone Circle by Anne Burgess NJ6143 : Raich Stone Circle by Anne Burgess

Redden

Sprouston NT7737 See LinkExternal link

River Almond

Monzievaird and Strowan NN8232 See LinkExternal link
NN8232 : Standing stone, Glen Almond by Richard Webb

Strathgarry

Blair Atholl NN8862 See LinkExternal link

Templestone

Rafford NJ0656 See LinkExternal link

Thorn

Auchterarder NN9612 See LinkExternal link

Three Kings

NT7700 See LinkExternal link

Tirinie

Dull NN7948 See LinkExternal link

The Welton

Blairgowrie NO1943 See LinkExternal link

and some monuments thought at one time to have been four-poster stone circles, but now not regarded as such


Fortingall

Fortingall NN 7446 See LinkExternal link
NN7446 : Fortingall Stone Circles by Lisa Jarvis
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland says, "Before excavation in 1970, sites A and B seemed to be 4-posters from each of which one stone had been removed. Digging revealed that in reality they were sub-rectangular settings of eight stones with the largest stones at the corners."

















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