Clach Na Coileach

The gathering place of the Clan MacThomas.

Just south of Finegand, in Glenshee, is a large glacial erratic stone. There are many erratics in this glacial landscape but the thing that makes this stone special is that it is now the gathering place for the Clan MacThomas.

Dating back to the 15th century, the Clan takes its name from a Gaelic speaking Highlander, known as Tomaidh Mor (‘Great Tommy’), who settled his kinsman and followers in Glenshee. The early chiefs of the Clan MacThomas were seated at the Thom, on the east bank of the Shee Water opposite the Spittal of Glenshee. This location is thought to be the site of the tomb of the legendary Diarmuid of the Fionn Macumhaill legend, with which Glenshee has so many associations.

 

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