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Merkland Cross, Woodhouse

A Scheduled Monument in Annandale East and Eskdale, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.0379 / 55°2'16"N

Longitude: -3.1747 / 3°10'29"W

OS Eastings: 325021

OS Northings: 572115

OS Grid: NY250721

Mapcode National: GBR 6B85.GV

Mapcode Global: WH6Y2.6MGR

Entry Name: Merkland Cross, Woodhouse

Scheduled Date: 24 July 1912

Last Amended: 19 December 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90217

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: cross (free-standing)

Location: Kirkpatrick-Fleming

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument comprises the remains of a medieval wayside cross, known as the Merkland Cross, together with the area of the purpose-built enclosure within which the cross is displayed. The cross was first scheduled in 1912, but is being re-scheduled now because no adequate documentation can be traced from the time of the original scheduling.

The Merkland Cross is a monolithic floriated wayside cross, standing 3m high, which was erected on a conspicuous site at the side of the Roman road that became the main route into Annandale. The sculpture is traditionally thought to be of 15th-century date. The floriated cross-head is an evolved form of the bracelet motif. It is said to commemorate the site of the violent death of a member of the Maxwell family.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and the area of the purpose-built enclosure. The area proposed for scheduling is concurrent with that of the property in the care of Scottish Ministers. The area is circular in plan with a diameter of 6.36m, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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