Balquhain - Antiquarian Illustrations


Fred Coles   

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 35, p.230-7, 1900-1.

As usual, Fred's illustrations are excellent, we could not take photos from comparable angles as the site
was very overgrown during over visit. Fred, Logan and Ritchie enjoyed a close-cropped pasture setting
during their visits, we are envious.











Archaeologia, 22, p.200 pl,XXIII, 1829.

This view seems to be from the NW.
The stones appear to be in the positions we see them in today, although the stones from centre left to
extreme right lean to the right in a way that does not match the situation today.



Logan's plan of the circle (left) compared to Fred Cole's (right).
Logan's engraving is essentially correct, although the outlier seems to have been rotated 180 degrees and should
stand in front of the line of the recumbent. The two fallen stones are shown lying aligned with the circumference,
and this is not how they appear in Fred Cole's more accurate plan, nor indeed in reality today.


Christian Maclagan

The Hill Forts Stone Circles and Other Structural Remains of Ancient Scotland, Pl.XXVII, Edmonston & Douglas, 1875, Edinburgh

Although taking the trouble to publish this plan, Maclagan has little to say regarding Balquhain (Chapel of Garioch) apart
from "there is a circle of upright stones in this parish". Published almost 50 years after Logan's plan, and only 25 years before
Fred's, several of the circle stones are in incorrect positions, the outlier is also mis-sited. Maclagan correctly shows the
the fallen eastern flanker, and her diameter of 21m (70ft) is very close to Thom's modern best fit circle of 20.7m.


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