Once standing over 3 metres high, this is the tallest known cross in Galloway. Unlike other crosses in the Whithorn area, it is carved from sandstone which was probably transported at great effort from West Highlands. Superior than local greywacke stone, this could be carved in finer detail and high relief. The sculptor has shown great skill by varying the size of the rings to take into account the shape of the shaft, creating an impression of consistency. Originally standing near the residence of the Maxwells it was later associated with punishment. The remains of two iron rings may suggest that ‘jougs’, an iron chain and collar used to punish wrongdoers, were once attached to the cross. The cross was broken in the 1600s and has been repaired, but a section of the shaft is missing.


Date Made
9th century-11th century
2770 x 440 x 180mm
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Whithorn Priory Museum
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