Part of a cross shaft which is exceptional because its decoration includes two standing figures. They appear on the front, beneath a panel of interlace. There are further panels of interlace on the back and sides, and the lower panels on the back have rough diagonal scored lines in place of the interlace. The presence of the mysterious robed figures makes this cross unique at Whithorn. The one on the right appears to hold something. They have distinctive hairstyle, or head-gear, or perhaps haloes, suggesting they were perhaps clerics or saints. The only other examples of figural sculpture in Wigtownshire are at Minnigaff and Kilmorie.

Crosses like this one may have been markers, setting out the boundary of the monastery. Once you stepped over the limit you were on holy ground.

The cross shaft is taller, narrower and deeper than the more typical Whithorn disk-headed crosses. It does not use the stopped plait style in its interlace designs. The stone formerly stood at Whithorn Manse, and probably came from the churchyard. On display in the Whithorn Priory Museum, Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway.


Date Made
9th century
580 x 177 x 87mm
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Whithorn Priory Museum
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