Esslie the Lesser

Recumbent Stone Circle - Kincardineshire

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NO 72240 92120 (GPS 42min) Diameter 13.3m (Pub.)
Visited august 1987/ July 1999 No magnetic anomalies

Esslie the Lesser survives in a ruinous state, the northern half of the circle is devoid of stones, and the 1.8m long recumbent, originally sited at true south, lies fallen, displaced, and half buried. The site was so overgrown on both of our visits that we could not make out the kerbs of the 9.8m ring-cairn that are said to be present in a southern arc, although the foundation platform was obvious. Because of the overgrowth (and aggressive cattle), we cannot be sure of the total number of existing circle stones, but we did see five. The circle was dug into in 1873 and several flat stones were the only finds.

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