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Mount Keen

Mount Keen


Postby R0wsOfWeeHooses » Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:36 pm

What does that boulder just before the summit with the letter B carved on signify? Could it just be a boundary stone!
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Re: Mount Keen

Postby jmarkb » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:13 pm

R0wsOfWeeHooses wrote:Could it just be a boundary stone!


It would appear so: it is on the old county (now regional) boundary and there are several more to the east:
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/115993
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/115994
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2619037
and the west
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/115987
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Re: Mount Keen

Postby R0wsOfWeeHooses » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:08 pm

What an excellent reply! Thanks for that, much appreciated.
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Re: Mount Keen

Postby jmarkb » Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:44 am

You're very welcome! :D
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Re: Mount Keen

Postby Jambo235 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:01 pm

Forgive my ignorance, but these are boundary stones for what boundary?
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Re: Mount Keen

Postby Caberfeidh » Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:42 pm

Jambo235 wrote:Forgive my ignorance, but these are boundary stones for what boundary?


Most likely the county boundaries between Aberdeenshire, Angus and Kincardineshire (from Kincardine O'Neil between Banchory and Ballater).
See this page for map of county boundaries: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/sct/sct_cmap.html
So the carving is most likely Victorian in origin. Mount Keen is a corruption of the Gaelic "Munth Cean" meaning "Head of the Munth" , the Munth being the high ground between the low-lying pastoral lands of the coastal strip down to Blairgowrie (also known as The Carse o' Gowrie) and the high Cairngorms proper. An interesting wee part of the country, with some spectacular views over the lowlands of Angus and the Raspberry Prairies of lowland Perthshire.
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Re: Mount Keen

Postby NickyRannoch » Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:49 am

there is another one half way along glen mark.

it used to be said that it was a very ill omen to tamper with boundary stones and you can find them in in fields being worked around and walls bulit around them. they were also use to delineate areas smaller thatn counties, usually the lairds estate. there are many of them around angus/ dundee/ perthshire that i have stumbled across including dundee law and kings seat over the carse of gowrie.
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Re: Mount Keen

Postby RicKamila » Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:37 pm

So what is the meaning of the numbered stones? There's one along the Firmounth Road numbered 814 in that style.
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