Tentsmuir March Stone

From a distance I thought this was a grave,
something like the chap who’s buried standing up at the top
of Box Hill in Surrey, but it’s not.

It’s a boundary stone for the salmon fishings.

It’s very hard to read but on one side it says:
“This stone was set up in the year 1794”

On the other side it says:
“The march between the Shanwell and Old Muirs
salmon fishing is a straight line from the top of Normans Law to the low water.
This march stone stands in the said straight line.”

At one time, it would have been easily visible from the beach or sea,
not any more. When aligned with the summit of Norman’s Law (a hill about 20 km away)  it would indicate to fishermen when they had crossed the line between the two fisheries.

There’s also an old ice house in the forest which again was used by the salmon fishermen. The icehouses meant that the fish could be sent to London and elsewhere packed in ice and arrive fresh. Previously they’d had to be salted or preserved in vinegar.

~ by marysia on 15 July 2010.

2 Responses to “Tentsmuir March Stone”

  1. How much longer are you there for? I can t bear it – I will miss your Scottish blog. What will happen. You maybe should look in to a permanent Artist in Residence post. Nx

    • Only two more weeks. I can’t bear it either … I want to stay. But, you never know, my London blog might be equally as interesting … you’ll just have to wait and see. Mx

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