Probably not true, like so many of these things but a good salutary tale and we couldn't resist it so here goes...
The ‘hanging stone’ is the source of a tale of a ne’er do well who stole a sheep and tethered it to the stone. He then went and got drunk at the local inn.
On returning to collect the sheep he fell asleep. The sheep got hungry and wandered round and round the sleeping figure. The next day the man was found dead, strangled by the rope.
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