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Jack the Giant Slayer

Jack The Giant Slayer

Three ancient stones lie along the road between Fruid Reservoir & Tweedsmuir, these stones are linked to the legend and death of ‘Jack the giant slayer’.

The largest of the three stones which together may have been part of a druid stone circle, is according to tradition known as the Giant's Stone.

Legend has it that a giant once terrorized this area, until one day he was confronted by an archer called Jack, and in some cases is known as ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’.

During the fight Jack used the ‘Giant Stone’ to hide behind, although he killed the giant Jack received a fatal blow that claimed his life just as the giant died.

The three stones were said to mark the place where Jack was buried and at the end of the 18th century a tomb was found near the largest stone, it was covered with a large slab. Inside the tomb were the remains of a funeral urn.

Like most legends here in Scotland there is truth behind the tales we tell, just some get slightly exaggerated over the centuries.

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