Scurlocksbridge : Bullaun Stone

CountyWexford
Grid RefS 999 336
GPSS 99883 33645 (3m)
Longitude6° 31' 50.99" W
Latitude52° 26' 42.83" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownEnniscorthy (6.6 Km)
OS Sheets68, 69, 77
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 24th February 2008

This roadside bullaun is an odd and interesting one. The bullaun or basin is sub-rectangular (i.e. rectangular with rounded corners) and the boulder is very evenly shaped, so this could be a crude cross base. There is a modern inscription on the front face of the stone.

Of particular interest is a zig-zag line carved on the upper surface of the stone running away from the bullaun. I've never seen anything like it on a bullaun stone or cross base. Is it a bit of prehistoric rock art or is it contemporary with the more modern inscription? I believe it is probably modern and could be two Ms.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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