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First Scottish “cursing stone” found on Isle of Canna

A bullaun “cursing stone” has been found on the Isle of Canna making it the first known stone found in Scotland.

“Stones like this are found in Ireland, where they are known as ‘cursing stones’, but this is the first to be discovered in Scotland,” she said.

“They date from the early Christian period but have continued to be used by pilgrims up to modern times.

“Traditionally, the pilgrim would recite a prayer while turning the stone clockwise, wearing a depression or hole in the stone underneath.”

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Story: BBC News | Photo: National Trust for Scotland

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