Campbeltown Cross

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Town Centre, Campbeltown, United Kingdom

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The Campbeltown Cross Mar 02, 2017
Right in the middle of Campbeltown you will come face to face with an amazing monolith. The Campbeltown Cross is a Medieval Celtic Cross dating back to about 1380. There is a bronze plaque that tries to explain, apparently in Scots (not Gaelic) that commemorates Sir Ivor MacEachern the parson of a nearby church. It seems that was erected at a church at Kilkivan near Machrihanish. Further that it was commissioned by his son Sir Andrew MacEachern. The cross is 3.3m (11 feet) high and includes the largest­known disc for a cross like this head at 81cm (32 inches) wide. It features carvings of Celtic designs, a mermaid, Saints, a sea­monster, foliage and some assorted animals. In later centuries it served as the town's Mercat Cross. A Mercat cross is the Scots language name for the market cross in places that had been grated the right to hold a market by the monarch, a bishop or a baron. During World War II it was removed and stored away to prevent it being damaged by bombing in the area. It was restored as soon as the war ended.
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