After being found in 1978 at Barflats, Rhynie and laying in the field for a while, I was moved to the steading at the Alston’s family farm where I stayed until 1988. While I was in the field and in the steading I still had visitors and some even did some stone rubbings and have them in their homes to this day!
Ian Shepherd, Aberdeenshire Council’s Archaeologist from 1975 to 2009, took me into the council’s care which is a bit like being fostered. I’m well looked after and until a safe place in Rhynie is available I will stay in Woodhill House for the forseeable future. There is an open door agreement with the people of Rhynie; potentially, if the Rhynie Community can provide me somewhere to stay, I am suitably supervised and looked after, one day I could return home. One suggestion I’ve heard is that I should be placed beside the bar in the Village’s Hotel! Now there’s an idea…
After 1998 I was taken to Aberdeen and installed in Woodhill House’s foyer, the Headquarters of Aberdeenshire Council. I was moved by one of the oldest companies in the United Kingdom, The Shore Porters Society (established 1498). I would love to hear from the guys that moved me so carefully and installed me in the foyer. With thanks to the Alston Family for providing the photos.
I remain here, in the reception of Woodhill House, supervised by an Archaeologist, protected from the elements (I’m a very special stone) and on view to the public during office hours. My only companions are people walking past and the lovely receptionists who keep me entertained. They are always happy to introduce you to me if you’re in Aberdeen and want to pop in to say hi.
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