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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 731621

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes


NY48NE 2 4763 8611.

(NY 4763 8611) Millholm Cross (NR)

OS 6" map (1957)

Millholm Cross, set up in memory of a laird of Mangerton (NY48NE 3) stands within a railing in a field about a mile S of Newcastleton. The original part of the cross is 8 ft 3 ins high apart from the base, which is 1 ft 8 ins high. A modern top has been added to the upper limb. On the shaft, just below the cross-head, are the initials MA and AA in relief; below these is an incised sword with a rounded pommel and straight quillons.

RCAHMS 1956, visited 1931; Statistical Account (OSA) 1795; A Mack 1926

Millholm Cross (name confirmed) is as described.

Visited by OS (TRG) 24 June 1979.

Name noted by Ordnance Survey surveyor on information board at site as 'Milnholm Cross'. Not verified.

Information from OS Southampton (DN) 2 December 1999.

The Armstrong Clan Trust have erected a noticeboard at the gate leading to the cross, recording a tradition that it was 'erected c.1320AD to the memory of Alexander Armstrong, Lord of Mangerton, following his murder at Hermitage Castle. His sorrowing attendants are believed to have rested at this spot on the way to Ettleton churchyard'.

Visited by RCAHMS (SDB) February 1996

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