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Crail, Marketgate, Crail Parish Church

Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Site Name Crail, Marketgate, Crail Parish Church

Classification Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Church Of Scotland; Collegiate Kirk; St Mary's

Canmore ID 319290

Site Number NO60NW 2.03

NGR NO 61339 07976

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Crail
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District North East Fife
  • Former County Fife


Crail 1 (St Maelrubha), Fife, cross-slab

Measurements: H 1.91m, W 0.76m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NO 61339 07976

Present location: at Crail Parish Church.

Evidence for discovery: re-used as a paving stone in the church after 1815, and recorded around 1850 by Stuart. By c 1890 it had been lifted and set into the west wall of the tower.

Present condition: very worn. Top and bottom of the slab have been trimmed.


Visible is face A of a cross-slab carved in relief. The cross is equal-armed on a short shaft and is ringed only above the level of the side-arms. The base of the shaft appears to be carried on the shoulders of a sturdy and naked man with no visible head. There are traces of interlace within the cross and of key pattern on the ring. Quadrupeds and other figures fill the background to the cross. An armorial panel has been cut at the base of the stone but the lower part of it is missing.

Date: tenth or eleventh century.

References: Stuart 1856, pl 64: ECMS pt 3, 363-4.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016


Field Visit (8 July 1957)

The description of the sculptured cross given by RCAHMS will be better understood by reference to the illustration in RCAHMS. The drawing reproduced on reverse of this card would appear to be a rather free interpretation, and does not show 'four arms of equal size'.

Visited by OS (CJP) 8 July 1957


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