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Crail, Marketgate, Crail Parish Church

Cross (Early Medieval)(Possible)

Site Name Crail, Marketgate, Crail Parish Church

Classification Cross (Early Medieval)(Possible)

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

Canmore ID 319291

Site Number NO60NW 2.04

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 2 (St Maelrubha), Fife, cross-slab fragment

Measurements: H 0.66m, W 0.32m, D 0.14m

Stone type: reddish sandstone

Place of discovery: NO 61339 07976

Present location: Crail Preservation Society Museum (1987.43).

Evidence for discovery: found behind no 8 Marketgait ‘some years’ before 1987 and thought to have been removed from the churchyard in order to re-use it as a window jamb stone.

Present condition: trimmed and worn.


This fragment is part of a cross-slab which has been carved both in relief and in incision. In relief is an equal-armed cross within an incised circle, set on an incised shaft.

Date: eighth or ninth century.

References: DES 1987, 13.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016


Artefact Recovery (1987)

Part of a small reddish rectangular sandstone grave marker or cross shaft, thought to be originally from Crail Churchyard and found behind No 8 Marketgait was donated to Crail Museum some years ago. The stone has been cut and the edges tooled for reuse as a window lintel and jamb, slightly damaging the cross. Mortar adheres to the cross and other surfaces.

The cross is equal armed, plain, in relief and is set within an incised circle; the shaft is represented by two thin, slightly off-centre incised lines. Diameter of cross 261mm, shaft 50mm wide. Stone 660mm high, 320mm wide and 135mm deep. (Crail Preservation Society Museum Acc No 1987:43).

Notes and photographs with FAI: FAI No 37/31.

E Proudfoot 1987.


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