The little girl here is sitting on a rock covered in cup & ball markings which may be thousands of years old.
The discovery of these markings led to a substantial archaeological investigation over several summers and the discovery of an ancient Broch with its associated midden.
Deep in a wood in Leckie Estate a small girl sits on a rock with strange carvings on it…..
The story I have is that one day a member of the Younger family, Robert (Bobby), rediscovered this rock and the remains of the Broch and passed on details to contacts in Glasgow. That resulted in an archaeological dig which uncovered evidence of a large, circular, stone-
Dr Louisa Campbell
“A large array of locally-
Euan W MacKie, BA, PhD, FSA -
“Some of the results of the excavation of the broch at Leckie between 1970 and 1978 are briefly described. The clear stratigraphy and the many closely dateable Roman finds allow new conclusions to be drawn about the date of some Iron Age artefacts and about the origin of the southern Scottish brochs. For example it seems now that some of these brochs were built, presumably with the approval of the Roman Army, during the Flavian period (AD 80-
The richness of the finds at Leckie, and the many valuable imported items, support the view that the southern broch builders were originally allies of Rome. Later, soon after the start of the Antonine period, things became different and this broch, probably with others, was destroyed -
After the dig the forest recovered its own but of late has been cleared again to a degree so that once more that rock and the Broch can be inspected, albeit with care. The rhododendrons and scrub birch will once again try to reclaim the area and why not?.….. And the little girl? My daughter, Allison. She’s now a wife and mother of our two fine grandchildren, now maturing nicely! (2024)