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One is embedded in the south perimeter wall of the kirkyard and the other is built into the east farm steading at Kirkton of Bourtie, now preserved and protected, in spite of there being a recently-restored building on site.
Megalithic structures such as the Aberdeenshire recumbent stone circles survive in every parish where continuity was perpetuated in Pictish church reform.
Local lairds also had their fair share of the spoils.
In the rush to comply with post-Reformation instruction to build new churches, often on pagan sites, stones were broken up for building, reused in threshing floors or as millstones, or taken to form a decorative feature at the laird’s house.
Part of the Pictish soul, perhaps, is its ability by a people accustomed to infiltration, conquered status and absorption, to hold firm to the land, the original nurturing Mother, and get on with the business of living.