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Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross

Photo credit: Gordon Baird

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Distinctive Market Cross, (a replica of former fifteenth and seventeenth century structures). It has a large octagonal drum platform and narrow octagonal shaft, with ionic columns at its corners. The shaft is surmounted by a unicorn finial. The round arches on each face of the platform have been key-blocked and there are painted heraldic panels on the parapet faces. There is a carved inscription above the timber door which opens to an internal stair leading to the platform.

Date

1885

Medium

Hermand sandstone

Measurements

H 1200 x W (?) x D (?) cm

Accession number

EH1_GB_S016

Work type

Cross

Custodian

City of Edinburgh Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

A (Scotland)

Unveiling date

23rd November 1885

Listing date

14/12/70

Access

at all times

Inscription description

DEO GRATIAS / VETUSTUM MONUMENTUM CRUCEM BURCI / EDINENSIS PUBLICIS MUNERIBUS AB ANTIQUO DICAM / ICTU MALE OMINATO A S MDCCLVI FUNDITUS EVERSAM / CARMINE TAM EXIMIO QUAM VIRILI A SUMMO HOMINE GUALTERO / SCOTT ET VINDICATAM ET DEFLETAM PRAESULIBUS / MUNICIPII PERMISSU REDINTEGRANDAM CURAVIT GUL E GLADSTONE / STIRPE ORIUNDUS PER UTRAMQVE LINEAM PENITUS SCOTICA / A S MDCCCLXXXV IE NOVEMBRIS XXIV; on arms of the Canongate: SIC ITUR AD ASTRA (‘Thus they go to heaven’); on arms of Leith: PERSEVERE


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Located at

Parliament Square,

EH1 1RF

Parliament Square, on the High Street.