• Peter MArtin the SIXTH 

    This website is dedicated to the memory of Peter Martin who passed away suddenly, at home, in September 2015. He was a true gentleman and a friend to many. His research in to Gaelic strength culture and traditional stone lifting was without equal. He shared his research and passion freely with many people throughout the world and never asked for anything in return.

     

    He reserved a special affection for the Gaels. He made many trips to North Uist and spoke with the elders there who remembered the strength Gaelic culture from their youth. They thought highly of Peter and named him 'Am Bodach An Clachan' The Old Man Of The Stones.

     

    It is with the kind permission of Peter's family that some of his research work is shared here for the ongoing enjoyment and education of those who shared his passion.

     

    Martin Jancsics.

    Peter's Research

    Peter would often draft an article with the facts he had available at the time. Then he would update them as more information came to light. The articles shared here are work-in-progress and reproduced exactly as he shared them. There may be supporting emails and newspaper articles included where appropriate. One of the distinguishing attributes of Peter's work was the inclusion of many references to historical texts which he used to guide his work. His fact-based approach to Gaelic strength culture elevated his work above many of his peers.

    Under Construction

    This website is still under construction. More stones will be added weekly as well as directions and a picture gallery. Things may move around as we seek the best way to present Peter's work. It is a joint effort with contributions from (amongst) others: Martin Jancsics, Alex Roberts, Roger Davis and James Grahame.

     

    The picture at the top of this website was taken in Glen Roy in 2013 while standing at the two stones which were amongst Peter's favourites

  • Scottish Stones

    Peter Martin Dripping Cave Stone

    Dripping Cave Stone

    Cromarty

    The Dripping Cave Stone is located at Cromarty in the north east of Scotland and estimated to be 130kg/286lb of very smooth stone due to its location in tidal waters.

    Peter Martin Inver  Stone

    Inver Stone

    Crathie

    The Inver Stone was revisited from a research perspective at least twice by Peter. There is some overlap between this article and this article but both are excellent. It's 120kg/265lb

    Peter Martin Dalwhinnie  Stone

    Dalwhinnie Stone

    Dalwhinnie

    The Dalwhinnie Stone is located in Dalwhinnie and was found to weigh 102kg/224lb

    Peter Martin Colonsay Stone

    Colonsay Stone

    Island Of Colonsay

    An in depth look at the stone that, for many, made its first appearance in the Stones Of Strength book.

    peter martin glen lui stone

    Lifting Stone Of The Glen Of The Little Calf

    Glen Lui

    Located in Glen Lui, Aberdeenshire. This stone of approximately 110kg/240lbs is located with 100 yards of the Gamekeepers cottage.

    glen quoish stone

    Glen Quoish (Stone Lifting Site)

    Aberdeenshire

    Glen Quoish is a short drive from the Inver Stone. It is the location of known historic stone lifts. Peter researches the Large Glen Quoish Stone (approx 180kg/400lb region) and also the Small Glen Quoish Stone (approx 72kg/160lb region) in this article.

    wallace putting stone

    Wallace Putting Stone

    Sherrifmuir, near Blackford Village

    Located in moorland this stone scaled 125kg/275lb region. Although, originally was somewhat heavier before a stonemason set to work on it.

    peter martin glen roy stones

    Glen Roy Stones

    Glen Roy

    Two of Peter's favourite stones are located in the Lochaber region of the highlands of Scotland.  Directions to these stones are in the Blog

    peter martin newtonmore stone

    Lifting Stone Of Newtonmore

    Newtonmore Village, Spey Valley

    The CLACH THOGALAICH A BAILLE UR ANT- SLEIBH (Lifting Stone Of Newtonmore) is an especially smooth stone which scaled at 101kg/222lb.

    peter martin barevan stone

    Barevan Stone

    Barevan church, Canmore

    Located in the church graveyard, this very smooth stone  was weighed at 105/231kg stone offers a real challenge .

    Auchernack Loupin Stane

    Strathdon, Aberdeenshire

    This Loupin Stone was researched by Peter Martin before he eventually uncovered the two lifting Stones at Auchernack. The lifting stones will be uploaded later.

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    Puterach and Pudrac Stones

    Glen Balquidder

    Not just a great example of a stone and plinth configuration.  These documents illustrate Peter's fact based approach via historic references .  He also revisited a stone and updated his understanding as his research progressed.  as can be seen in the articles  here and here.

    Sadlin Mare of The Sma Glen

    Sma Glen, Near Crieff

    Peter researched this stone a number of times and this is reflected in the increasing size of the articles he produced each time. Starting with some references he was then able to produce an initial article. This was expanded upon to produce this article. The Sadlin Mare stone was scaled at 99kg/217lb.

    peter martin strathmore of durness stone

    Strathmore of Durness Stone

    Parish Of Durness, Sutherland

    A challenging rectangular stone of approximately 350lb/160kg. It is situated on  the left side of the road  as you travel northbound.

    peter martin stone lifting north uist

    Island Of North Uist

    Several locations

    Peter was actively researching a number of stone on North Uist. He made several productive trips to the Island along with an excellent stonelifter named Alex Roberts. The island is a host a number of traditional stones and an ageing population who are the last of the Gaelic stone-lifters.

     

    The stone articles are

    Clach ic caoilte stone  stone

    ultach dhomhaill mhor (aka 'Burden Of Big Donald') stone,

    Ultach na- h'airde glaise stone.

     

    Also, an overview of the Lifting Stones of North Uist

    peter martin north uist

    ULTACH GHILLE MHOIRE

    Island Of Berneray

    The "White stone" (aka The Weight/Burden Of Morrison) is located on the Island of Berneray. It was actively being researche by Peter. It is also the birthplace of the giant Scotsman, Angus MacAskill, who spent the first 14 years of his life only half a mile away.

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    Lifting Stone of Rudh-a-fuder

    Caithness

    This is a good example of Peter's exhaustive background research on a traditional stone. Clearly, this article is a work in progress but well worth a read. 

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    Stones Of The Southern Highlands

    Various Locations in Southern HIghlands

    This an early Christmas gift from Peter Martin to all traditional stone lifters that followed his writings. He had gathered together a lot of his research and produced an entire chapter on the Southern Highlands.

     

    This article covers Fianna Stone, Plague Stone, Menzies Stone, Puterach/Pudrac Stones, Abbot Stone, Monachyle Stone, Sadlin Mare,
    Ardvorlich Stone, Clach a' bhoisgein amongst others. Interwoven throughout this chapter is the Gaelic strength culture that spawned the desire to lift the stones mentioned above.

    peter martin dinnie stones

    Dinnie Steens

    Aboyne Highland Games Committee

    These are the most famous lifting stones in Scotland. The are often controversial and are the source of many heated arguments. They draw the attention of many self-appointed experts and numpties. However, there are only two world-renowned experts on the Dinnie Stones and they are Peter Martin and his good friend David Webster. They discussed these stones at length many times. Drafts of Peter's work cover the Stones in detail.  He also determines the exact date Dinnie walked with the stones. He also explored the cultural influences behind why Dinnie lifted the stones

     

     

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    Stone Of Old Dailly

    Near Girvan, Ayrshire

    Peter waged a long battle with the local council to find out why these famous stones were shackled. He also led a campaign to free the stones. This document contains a lot of history about the stones and the mentality that keeps them shackled.

  • Further Reading

    Peter was best known for his research in to Gaelic strength culture and traditional stone lifting.  However, his research was broader than that and also covered Highland Games and individuals such as Donald Dinnie.

    September 13, 2017
    This is a broad ranging article from Peter. It should contain something for everyone. It starts with Gaelic terminology and its relationship to Scottish Stones. It contines on to English and Welsh stones. A great example of his breadth of understanding and depth of research.
    Truly privileged to have a blog entry from a stone lifter in Denmark. Peter has recently lifted the only known lifting stone in the land of the Vikings. His story and pictures are below. On June 15th 2015, I visited The Open Air Museum, just north of Copenhagen, Denmark. I am an avid stone...
    The lifting of Scottish Stones is of keen interest to many strength athletes across the world. Some lifters satisfy themselves with lifting atlas stones. Others progress to natural stones in their local area. The truly insane get on a plane, then in to a car, and ultimately find themselves in a...
    Introduction Continuing our theme of natural stone lifting, it felt logical to document the only two sets of natural stones available in Australia for competition lifting. These are located at the Maryborough Highland Gathering and the Amulet Highland Games competitions. Both are in Victoria ...
    August 25, 2017
    Background To Stone Walking Two Highland Games competitions in Australia have a Dinnie Style stone walk. Around 1860, Donald Dinnie performed a renowned feat of strength at the Bridge Of Potarch near Kincardine, Scotland. He carried two large stones simultaneously - one weighing 154kg (340lb)...
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  • Other Websites

    The Historic Stone sites are essential reading for all things related to Scottish Stones. They are administered by Martin Jancsics. The Dinnie Stones website is run by Stevie Shanks (son of the Legendary Jack Shanks) and is dedicated to all things Dinnie.

     

    Those two websites and this one are the gold standard in Scottish Stone Lifting

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