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Early Medieval (400AD - 1099AD)

Early Christians

Cross, Monreith

Early Medieval

A high cross from Monreith, this is a classic free-standing cross of the Whithorn School of sculpture which flourished in the tenth century. Many of the parishes of the Machars have crosses of this school, indicating that a parochial structure was well-established in the area by that time, and furthermore that Norse patrons were supporting it by commissioning such crosses in a style which they preferred.


Exaination of Viking finds across all of Scotland has shown that where they settled, the Norsemen converted to Christianity within one or two generations of settling.

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