NS2477 : The Kempock Stone

taken 9 years ago, near to Gourock, Inverclyde, Great Britain

The Kempock Stone
The Kempock Stone
On the hill behind Gourock's main shopping street. Dates from 2000 BC and has Druid connections. See NS2477 : Kempock Stone plaque for more information. Also known as Granny Kempock.
The Kempock Stone
Commonly known as Granny Kempock, The Kempock Stone is a standing stone overlooking the Firth of Clyde at Gourock. Off the beaten track, the stone is to be found at Burgh Walk, which is a steep footpath between shops on the landward side of Kempock Street. It can be reached by car from Bath Street which is off Kempock Place.

It is well worth the detour from the main street to admire the views of the Firth of Clyde and the Highlands which are to be found there.

Historic Scotland LinkExternal link describes the stone at follows...

"The Kempock Stone, a monolith of mica-schist about 6ft high and 2ft in diameter, stands at the top of the cliff overlooking Kempock Point. "Because of its faint resemblance to a mantled figure with a shrouded head, it is more popularly known as "Granny Kempock".

Sailors and fishermen used to perform propitiatory rites round it, seeking favourable omens; local marriages were not regarded as lucky unless the wedded pair passed round the stone. In 1662, Mary Lamont, who was burned as a witch confessed to having attended a meeting when it was intended to throw the stone into the sea."
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Date Taken
Friday, 29 February, 2008   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 1 March, 2008
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Standing stones   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 241 778 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.6658N 4:49.1383W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 241 777
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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