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Edinburgh, Canongate, Girth Cross

Boundary Marker (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, Canongate, Girth Cross

Classification Boundary Marker (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Girs Cross; Grass Cross; Holyrood Abbey

Canmore ID 52358

Site Number NT27SE 33

NGR NT 26739 73910

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT27SE 33 2673 7391.

(NT 2673 7391) Girth Cross (NR) (site of)

OS 25"map, (1968)

The Girth Cross, which has also been called the "Abbey" or "South" Cross at various times, marked the W limit of the Girth of Holyrood, the greatest sanctuary in Scotland, and the last to disappear. It is shown on a map of 1573 as an ornamental shaft elevated on a flight of steps and was extant until after 1767.

RCAHMS 1951; H Hannah 1927.

No trace.

Visited by OS (J L D) 25 December 1953.

Architecture Notes

See NMRs Historical File, under The Canongate - The Girth Cross. Entry consists of one page of information with two pen ank ink sketches showing the Cross and the pattern of paving blocks that is said to mark the position of the Cross.

In the frame room is Gordon of Rothiemay's Map, 1647.


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