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Inveraray, Pier, Mercat Cross

Market Cross (15th Century)

Site Name Inveraray, Pier, Mercat Cross

Classification Market Cross (15th Century)

Canmore ID 23343

Site Number NN00NE 1

NGR NN 09669 08566

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Inveraray
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NN00NE 1 09669 08566

(NN 0966 0857) Stone Cross (NR) (Sculptured)

OS 6" map, Argyll, 2nd ed., (1900)


Inveraray Cross.


I.G.Lindsay collection, W/363/9

Uncertain whether plans relate to Inveraray Castle Cross or Inveraray, Pier, Cross.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

This 15th century cross standing on the sea front at the end of Inveraray Main Street formerly stood in the old town, which was nearer the Castle (See NN00NE 13). An old print shows the cross on its old site on an arcaded balcony as a typical Mercat Cross (Campbell and Sandeman 1964). Originally, it has probably come from some burial ground, as the commemorative inscription on the shaft reads: "Hec est crux nobilium virorum videlicet Dondcani meicgyllchomgan Patricii filii eius et Maelmore filii Patricii qui hanc crucem fiere faciebat." The crucifix has been defaced, and a figure of St Michael has been chiselled away from the back of the upper arm of the cross.

J W Small 1900; J S Richardson 1929; M Campbell and M Sandeman 1964.

The cross is as described and illustrated.

Visited by OS (D W R) 7 March 1973.


External Reference (4 August 1966)

c.1400. Monolith on stone base of 3 square steps.

Floriated cross at top. Stem carved on front with

creeping vine motif; on sides with Latin inscription,



Argyll C.C. 'List of Ancient Monuments'

'Inverary Official Guide'.

J.W. Small 'Scottish Market Crosses'. 1900 (ill)

T.S. Muir 'Characteristics of Old Church Architecture'.


Ecclesiastical in origin. Used as Mercat Cross in old

town. Set up in New Inveraray after long period of


Scheduled Monument.

Information from Historic Scotland, 4 August 1966


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