Marhofn 212.12 - May 2010

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Simple Minds

Chris Watson

In Marhofn 196, Thomas Murray put forward the proposal that the most central Marilyn was Dungavel Hill in the Scottish lowlands. This was based on a very simplistic approach attributed to a Canadian government website.

To put this into context, Dungavel Hill was given its accolade based on the position of only five hills: itself and the four extreme Marilyns - Saxa Vord, Watch Croft, Cnoc Glas and Cheriton Hill. The other 1550 Marilyns could be piled up in the home counties and you would get the same result.

Using the more scientific approach adopted by the Ordnance Survey, I have calculated that the true Marilyn centroid, based on the location of each hill, is at NS51789032, midway between Earl's Seat and Conic Hill, just north of Glasgow.

Cnoc Glas, Soay (photo: Alan Dawson)

Cnoc Glas, Soay (photo: Alan Dawson)

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