NO2838 : Westerkeith hill

near to Lundie, Angus, Great Britain

Westerkeith hill
Westerkeith hill
Protruding beyond the hill is the top of a pillar known locally by the odd name of 'Privy's Prap' and shown on the OS map as 'Mackenzie Meridian (Monument)' . This was built in the 1770s by landowner James MacKenzie in his connection with his hobby of astronomy. The pillar was a meridian pillar erected due south of his observatory at Belmont Castle at Meigle. And why the odd name 'Privy's Prap'? Well, in addition to being an amateur astronomer, James MacKenzie was a minor diplomat and in 1763 became Lord Privy Seal for Scotland. So this became known as 'the Privy's prap' ('prap' being Scots for a tall chimney or prop).
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2012
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Date Taken
Monday, 26 November, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 28 November, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Moorland 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 2828 3836 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:31.9058N 3:10.0569W
Photographer Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 2813 3786
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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