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Wallace's Stone,cross-incised stone

A Scheduled Monument in Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.4144 / 55°24'51"N

Longitude: -4.6361 / 4°38'9"W

OS Eastings: 233231

OS Northings: 616548

OS Grid: NS332165

Mapcode National: GBR 49.0SZQ

Mapcode Global: WH2Q2.R5KL

Entry Name: Wallace's Stone,cross-incised stone

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5786

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: cross-incised stone

Location: Maybole

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument comprises a cross-incised boulder which is set within a walled enclosure on the S side of a track 180m NW of Blairston Mains.

The irregular boulder (1.8m long, up to 1m broad and 0.6m thick) has been removed from its former position 30m to the SE and may originally have been standing. One face bears a cross in false relief, set slightly off centre with arms of uniform length, expanding terminals and tapering shaft which drops from the centre of the head. The form of the cross suggests a tenth to twelfth century date.

The area to be scheduled measures 1.8m by 1m to include the stone

only, as marked in red on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a rare example of an early Medieval carving in SW Scotland, possibly re-utilising a prehistoric standing stone (a rare practice). The monument has the potential to provide information about early Medieval art history and religious belief.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS31NW 16.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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