I went back to Roughting Linn today – in the teeth of a howling gale – to try and find the unidentified motif I photographed on my first visit. I spent an hour there in glorious sunshine – leaning into the wind and taking photos. I could not find the errant motif! I just thought you should all know that someone has been there in the last week and they have extensively ‘cleaned’ many of the motifs on the main pavement.
I wanted to let you know that
- this was not my doing and
- is this considered ‘bad form’ ?
This image shows some of what I found at the site today, This is the ‘halo’ motif at Roughting Linn – the one with a corona of parallel lines radiating from the top of the outermost ring. As you can see a large area of moss has been scraped away from below the figure and a metre-long strip of turf has been torn away from above the figure – you can see where the exposed sandstone looks sugary white. Similar ‘clean-ups’ had been done to many of the figures on the rock – though this was I think the most ‘thorough’. For most of the other figures the green moss had simply been scraped away. The cleaning did make the images stand-out more but I was worried by the lengths of stripped turf that were lying around – it just didn’t feel quite right. So – just though you should all know – it wasn’t me! There HAS been ‘official’ work going on at the site – about a dozen birch trees have been felled all around the rock – but this ‘cleaning’ looked rather crude and impromptu to me. Would appreciate some guidance from you all as to whether this is ‘acceptable’?
The good thing about today was that I got there early – before 10am so the south Eastern edge of the rock was illuminated and I got super photos of those motifs – which were in deep shadow on my first visit.
I will send a selection to Jan for posting on BRAC if he thinks they are useful. My own collection can be seen on Flickr at