NT5034 : Mercat Fountain at Abbotsford

taken 4 years ago, near to Tweedbank, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Mercat Fountain at Abbotsford
Mercat Fountain at Abbotsford
The fountainŚno longer in useŚwas placed on the base of the Edinburgh Mercat Cross, demolished in 1756. That, at least, is the official version. However, it is difficult to see how the medallions taken from the Edinburgh Cross and now incorporated into the garden wall at Abbotsford could have come from an understructure supported by this type of base designed to hold a pillar. This looks more like the kind of base that would have held the Selkirk Cross when it stood in front of the old Town Hall and Courthouse where Scott heard cases while Sheriff of Selkirk. I can't imagine him letting the Selkirk Cross disappear without trying to get his hands on it. They don't call Abbotsford 'Castle Conundrum' for nothing.

See also NT4628 : Earlier site of the Selkirk Cross
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 11 September, 2013   (more nearby)
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Friday, 18 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 5071 3423 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:35.9508N 2:47.0269W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 5070 3423
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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