NM8525 : Campbell Of Lerags Cross, Kilbride

taken 1 year ago, near to Kilbride, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Campbell Of Lerags Cross, Kilbride
Campbell Of Lerags Cross, Kilbride
The cross, 3.13 metres high and 0.69 metres across the arms, was re-erected on its present site in 1926, having lain in pieces in Kilbride churchyard for over 200 years. According to local tradition, it originally stood beside an old road running SE from the coast at Gallanach on the coast opposite Kerrera, south east to the head of Loch Feochan. This crossed the modern road about 200 metres north of the entrance to the churchyard.

The cross, which has been carved from a single block of greenish schist is profusely inscribed and was originally erected by Archibald Campbell of Lerags in 1516.

The east side of the cross which bears the plaque is its rear side and the intricate carving of interwoven foliage on the shaft is badly obscured by lichen. The upper arm of the cross is carved with Archibald Campbell's heraldic shield with ships in two quarters.

The west side NM8525 : Lerags Cross is less obscured and is inscribed with the crucifixion, below which are eleven lines of text, in Latin and Gothic script, which read: 'Archibald Campbell of Lerags caused me to be made in the year of Our Lord 1516'. Beneath the text is a panel carrying an abstract pattern, and at the foot is a panel showing a unicorn.

The shaft appears to have been broken into three pieces, now held together by a metal frame.
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Date Taken
Friday, 14 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Friday, 21 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Religious sites  Woodland, Forest 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NM 8577 2589 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:22.5973N 5:28.2641W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NM 85790 25897
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