And for the climax of my tour of the White Cart - something
really special…..two boulders behind a fence. No, wait, bear with me.
The stone on the left is the Argyll Stone. In 1685 Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll led a revolt against King James VI. This failed and he was captured near this
spot and subsequently executed. This stone was (possibly) the pediment of a
cross near where he was captured.
On the right is a stone known as "St Coval's
Chariot". St Conval was a 6th century Irish priest who was carried across
the sea to Renfrew on this boulder - like a divinely-powered surfboard, I
suppose. He then worked to convert the Picts to Christianity. The stone was
(and maybe still is) a place of pilgrimage. The stone has a depression on top
(where the leaves are) and pilgrims would drink the rainwater in it to cure their ills. I would
have tried this myself but the fence prevented me.
Awesome photos and a history lesson. Who could want more. I love the old architecture photos. They don't make building like that any more. So much character.ReplyDelete
The boulders were interesting too. Makes one wonder how much truth in legend...... I like the idea of a boulder as a surfboard, but i dunno......that doesn't quite float with me.....
It's good that there is lots to see on my doorstep when the weather is cool.Delete
As for the boulders, well, as you say, the stories are legend rather than fact.