Brigadoon 2017

The Bundanoon Highland Gathering

Saturday 1st April

The Bundanoon Stones of Manhood


The history of the stones goes back over one thousand years to the highlands of Scotland when a boy was considered to have reached manhood when he could lift two stone in weight from the bare ground onto the top of a stone dyke or fence. Most villages took part in this exercise and the stones varied from village to village.

In the late 1970's the lifting of the stones was brought back to life in Scotland with the introduction of the Maglashsen Stones. A set of five round stones ranging in weight from 90 kgs through to 165 kgs. The stones are laid out five metres apart lightest to heaviest with each competitor having to lift all five stones on top of a wooden barrel four feet in height. The person who can lift all five stones on top of the barrels in the fastest time is declared the champion of the day.

Modelled on the MacGlashen Stones from Scotland the Bundanoon Stones of Manhood consist of a set of five round stones ranging from 90 kgs to 165 kgs in weight. Only five of the stones are used at any one time with the current competition set comprising the 115kgs, 120kgs, 125kgs, 140kgs and 165kgs. The stones vary in size from 43 centimetres to a massive 50 centimetres or half metre in a diameter. The stones were quarried locally at the Bundanoon sandstone quarries.

Find out about The Tartan Warriors who will be competing in the Bundanoon Stones of Manhood.

Recent Champions

2016   Luke Reynolds
2015   Jordan Steffens
2014   Jordan Steffens

2013   Jordan Steffens
2012   Steve Tye
2011   Craig Reid

2010   Derek Boyer
2009   Aaron Monks
2008   Craig Reid

Derek Boyer and Craig Reid have each been the champion five times and Derek Boyer holds the record for loading the five stones in 19.8 seconds.

Stone and barrel

Jordan Steffens competing

Derek Boyer

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