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Frans_Jozef
Saturday, July 22nd, 2006, 12:37 PM
Lickerstane: meanings and myths

Simon Taylor

Although you will find very few places called Lickerstane, with variants such as Leckerstane and Liquorstane, on the modern map, the objects referred to in these names were once relatively common in eastern Scotland from Aberdeenshire to Fife, and the more closely local records are studied, the more they appear. The most usual explanation of these names, and certainly one that I myself have peddled for several years now, is that they derive from a Scots word lickerstane, referring to a stone on which the coffin was rested on the way to burial in the parish kirkyard. This turns out to be, however, only part of a much more complicated story.


Read further (http://www.historyscotland.com/features/placenameslickerstane.html)