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Early Medieval (400AD - 1099AD)

Early Christians

Kilwinning Cross

Period:
Early Medieval
Description:

The Kilwinning cross may have marked the site of an early church dedicated to St Uinniau (Finian). The 6th century missionary saint gave his name to the town of Kilwinning.

The cross was destroyed during the Scottish Reformation. It was re-discovered when the gable wall of a house was demolished. On three sides of the cross there is a knotwork design. On the fourth side there is a depiction of the biblical character David.  He is shown with a harp and also on horseback carrying a spear and defending a lamb from a lion. David and the lion was a common subject on early stone crosses. It is a story which demonstrates the Christian belief of the strong protecting the weak.

Place of Production:
Kilwinning, North Ayrshire
Materials/Media:
stone
Dimensions:
Height 780mm
Source:
North Ayrshire Heritage Centre
Digital Number:
NAST003a
Copyright:
North Ayrshire Council


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