Region : Shetland Home
Island : Mainland Map
Town or village : Tingwall List
Grid Reference : HU 412 420 Glossary
Period : 2nd millennium BC Bibliography
(Murder Stone)

Tingwall image

This 2m high standing stone stands on a golf course, immediately to the east of the Scalloway-Tingwall road, between the lochs of Asta and Tingwall (Shetland). It has a rectangular cross-section.
It is also locally known as Murder Stone. Noel Fojut in his A Guide to Prehistoric and Viking Shetland writes: "There is a tale, probably recently invented, which relates a Norse tradition of a pardon for murderers who could run from the Law Ting Holm to the Murder Stone unscathed, against the efforts of the victim's family and friends".