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Latitude: 55.7198 / 55°43'11"N
Longitude: -2.264 / 2°15'50"W
OS Eastings: 383511
OS Northings: 647409
OS Grid: NT835474
Mapcode National: GBR D2M9.MF
Mapcode Global: WH9YM.6H4G
Entry Name: Swinton Cross
Listing Date: 9 June 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 353404
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB19116
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire
Traditional County: Berwickshire
Dated 1769. Weathered sandstone classical column at centre of village green. 3-stage, stepped circular-plan base beneath square-plan pedestal with splayed base and moulded cap; circular-plan shaft with entasis above, moulded base and capital; surmounting square plan finial with carving representing boar beneath tree to NW; sundials on remaining 3 sides; metal gnomons.
Scheduled Ancient Monument No 4268. A prominent landmark centred on the village green - itself developed in the later 18th century, following the replacement of "...a few miserable huts" with "...one spacious square, with a green in the middle" (STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, 1793). Swinton is thought to have derived its name from a time when wild boars once roamed free - thus, 'Swinetoune' and, as can be seen here, the adoption of the boar as a village symbol. This symbol is also incorporated into the Swinton family coat of arms and can be seen at the nearby church (see separate list entry, Swinton Church).
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