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.
The Macgregor stone has only recently come to the awareness of the wider stonelifting comminity. However, it is known to have resided at the hotel since 1934 at the very least. While more details of its history are being investigated, the 132kg/ 290lb sphere is accepting all comers. Specific rules apply.
Glen Quoish (Stone Lifting Site)
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.
Auchernack Loupin Stane
Puterach and Pudrac Stones
Glen Balquidder (Directions)
Sadlin Mare of The Sma Glen
Sma Glen, Near Crieff (Directions)
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.
Island Of North Uist
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
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.
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.
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
Stone Of Old Dailly
Near Girvan, Ayrshire
Peter left no article covering this stone. This document was pieced together from email exchanges. It was then followed by contact with a local baillie named Colin Miller. I also was in contact with a person whose Auntie received a letter from one of the Esson family in which was stated George Esson was a remarkable man... at the back o' his cottage lying in the grass is a stone wi a ring, it was a cheese press.
The area has been searched and stone is not present. The hope is that the stone was stored by the current owners. The area is private land.
The Auchernack stones did not have a separate article by Peter. This document is a combination of an article draft, augmented with some email exchanges between Peter and James Grahame. It covers the trip that James Grahame, Martin Jancsics and Peter Martin undertook in 2013 to find the stones.
Stone of Heroes
Peter did not have an article for The Stone of Heroes (132kg / 291lb). This writeup was constructed through a combination of emails and a telephone call between James Grahame and a man who lifted the stone. It also corrects an error in the original Stones Of Strength book, which incorrectly suggested the Stone of Heroes was related to the Dalwhinnie stone.
Clach neart Glenlivet
Peter did not have an article for the Glenlivet 130kg/286lb stone. This article is pieced together from emails and personal memories. The first known lifts in modern times were by James Grahame and Martin Jancsics in 2013. The stone is located deep within a private farm and the journey to the stone was a long one by Land Rover with the assistance of the owner(s).
Stone of Lealty
Alness, near Inverness
Peter did not have an article for this stone and had only begun to research it thoroughly. This document is created from email exchanges with James Grahame. However, it does give the true history of the Stonemason's challenge recently reintroduced at Inverness Highland Games.