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Clyth Stone

Standing Stone, Caithness

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Antoine Goodland writes: There is another stone in Caithness which I think is worthy of mention. It is a tall stone in the Clyth cemetry (approx 4 miles north of Lybster) It has a 'Templar' type cross carved on it which is difficult to see unless the light is right. This stone is known as the 'Clyth Stone' and I would like to know more about it as my great-great grandparents Catherine Sinclair and Sinclair Clark are buried beside it. The 'CLYTH STONE' is probably the tallest and most elegant standing stone in Caithness. It is certainly, the least known, being situated in a private cemetery facing the North Sea, in Clyth.

Clyth is rather more a district than a village in this remote part of Scotland and the access road to the cemetery is a tiny unmarked farmer's lane off the A9. (Blink and you've missed it!) The mystique about the Clyth Stone is that it was engraved many centuries ago with a cross‚ which is only visible in certain lights. The best time to see the cross engraved on the stone is in the morning when the sun is shining from the East. At any other time of the day it is extremely difficult to discern - even if one is right there nose to nose in front of the stone! Any theories about the Cross Pattern on the Clyth Stone will be welcome and open to discussion, and should be addressed to Antonia Goodland, agoodland@aol.com.


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