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Cat Stane

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Catstane, an ancient monumental stone in the Edinburgh section of Kirkliston parish, on the peninsula between the Almond and Gogar Burn, 3½ miles WNW of Corstorphine village. Some believe it to commemorate the slaughter, near the spot, of Constantin, King of Alban, in a pitched battle, in the year 997, with Kenneth, son of Malcolm, which St Berchan, however, clearly places on the Tay; the late Sir James Simpson, on the other hand, in a monograph reprinted among his posthumous Archœological Essays (1872), asks, ' Is it not the Tombstone of the Grandfather of Hengist and Horsa?' Perhaps it is.

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