Extract from place name research undertaken on the Cateran Trail by the Cateran’s Common Wealth project:
pn McComie + SSE chair + SSE and + SSE well
McComie derives from the name MacThomas or MacThomaidh. In ScG a th is silent, even in surnames.
‘Sir my husband is gone But it is true About McKomies Chair. the rode goes from Crandart through Glenbanie to Glenshee it is an old Aincient stone there is letters on the back of it but it is not kept clean to read them it is like an Armchair and we have got up a new steading & there is Another stone put in the gavel of the Dh [Dutch] Barn and many a one comes to see it. and McComies Name and his wifes Names is on it And a heart between them. it had been carved in 1660. it says again the Lord Defend this Family. McComie had 12 sons Any person that wishes to see any thing About the place i will do what i can the rode goes from Crandart and the Chair is at the rode side About a 100 yards from the back of Craigin sillieor (on trace) and it goes through Glenbanie to Glenshee and when he came to the chair he had a rest and he had a drink out of the well and it is called McComies well to this Day 1660 is a very old date. I Am yours truly Margaret Lamond’ Crandart’ Glenisla 1863 June the 20’. (OSNB OS1/14/46/46A & B)
See Jervise (1861 71-5) for an account of the McComies in Glenisla and Glenshee, where they held Finegand in 1571 (Black 1946, 474). The McComies seem to have been significant in the dissemination of the myths and legends of Finn mac Cumhail. It is known that the author of a ‘short poem allusions to several individuals famous in Gaelic mythology’ in the Book of the Dean of Lismore was one Baron Ewan McComie (Black 1946, 474).
Canmore has the following entry:
A large stone shaped like a chair without arms, and a well, where McComie refreshed himself while walking the old road to Glenshee up Glen Beanie. The wife of the tenant at Crandart, where there is a stone bearing McComie’s name and the date 1660, stated in 1863 that there were letters carved on the back of the chair.
Name Book 1863
Neither the stone or well could be located. The grieve at “Dalvanie” could offer no information regarding the stone or its location. Enquiries at Crandart also proved negative.
Visited by OS (WDJ) 23 April 1968