I am indebted to old_greywolf2000 for this image of the Iron Age Broch in the fringes of the Lammermuirs near Abbey St Bathans. It may not be quite as old as Stone Age as there are, apparently, references to it featuring in a local planning controversy in the CLXXIV editon of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle Alba Edition.
"At a Meeting of ye Lammermuirre Concel did Laird Minimus ye Farmerre C supported most strangly by ye Counsell Year Grosse Jem Fullar Ton make bid to construire ye Broch or localie kent MacBroch contrar to Buildin in ye Ruralitie, Lex CIV. Sware Counsell Year Jem, with sakred oathe, no pre cedent wood be sette but to no availe in abbsense of Ekestinge Bulding Blokke despote muche proferring of Free Ale and induciemints to Earl and Sundry'
Later this decision was overturned by 'Hisse Most Excellente Majestie' following 'a Convincinne Petitionne' with 'Ye Bronne Envellope stuff ed with coigne of ye Reallme'
And the MacBroch was duly built.
Times have clearly changed; what?
Labels: Anglo Saxon Chronicle, Brochs, Lammermuirs