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‘Knocking stone’ finds new home at Bute Museum

Donald Kinnear and Anne Speirs from Bute Museum with their new 'knocking stone'.

Donald Kinnear and Anne Speirs from Bute Museum with their new 'knocking stone'.

 

A new exhibit has gone on permanent display at Bute Museum in Rothesay - a ‘knocking stone’ which could date back to prehistoric times and is thought to have been originally used on one of the island’s farms.

The stone - a kind of large mortar used, along with a stone pounder or wooden mallet, to de-husk grain for human consumption - was put into storage by local housing association Fyne Homes more than a decade ago after being found during ground clearance work at the site of the former Foley House Hotel in Rothesay, but has only recently been rediscovered in the association’s works yard in the town.

It was delivered to the museum this week by Fyne Homes workers Charles Tritschler and Douglas McDade and has gone on display just inside the front door of the premises in Stuart Street.

 

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