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Reay Village, Market Cross

Market Cross (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Reay Village, Market Cross

Classification Market Cross (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) New Reay

Canmore ID 7352

Site Number NC96SE 30

NGR NC 95900 64553

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Reay
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

EARLY MEDIEVAL CARVED STONES PROJECT

Reay 3, Caithness, cruciform stone

Measurements: H 1.3m, W 0.58m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NC 9590 6455

Present location: beside the road in New Reay village.

Evidence for discovery: formerly it stood near Reay parish church and is traditionally known as the market cross. Another local tradition derives it from Crosskirk.

Present condition: the upper arm is missing.

Description

This cruciform stone has a cylindrical shaft and rounded arms but no ornament.

Date: ?eleventh century.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

EARLY MEDIEVAL CARVED STONES PROJECT

Reay 3, Caithness, cruciform stone

Measurements: H 1.3m, W 0.58m

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: NC 9590 6455

Present location: beside the road in New Reay village.

Evidence for discovery: formerly it stood near Reay parish church and is traditionally known as the market cross. Another local tradition derives it from Crosskirk.

Present condition: the upper arm is missing.

Description

This cruciform stone has a cylindrical shaft and rounded arms but no ornament.

Date range: eleventh century or later.

References: RCAHMS 1911, no 408; Blackie & Macaulay 1998: no 29.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016

Archaeology Notes

The market cross has been removed from near the parish church to near the centre of the village.

Name Book 1873.

The cross, the upper arm of which is missing, measures 4ft 3ins high above ground, and 1ft 11ins across the arms.

RCAHMS 1911.

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Field Visit (29 August 1910)

In the S. of the road in the hamlet of Reay there stands a rude cross, the upper arm of which is awanting. In height it measures 4' 3" above ground, and in width across the arms 1' 11". The shaft, which is cylindrical, measures 2' 9 1/2" in circumference. The arms are 9" in breadth at the intersection and diminish to 6" at their extremities. This is said to be the Market Cross removed from Old Reay situated nearer the sea.

Visited by RCAHMS, 29th August 1910.

Field Visit (26 November 1964)

The market cross is as described and illustrated (q.v.) by the RCAHMS.

Visited by OS (R D) 26 November 1964.

Field Visit (17 November 1981)

No change to the previous field report.

Visited by OS (N K B) 17 November 1981.

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