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Latitude: 56.9608 / 56°57'38"N
Longitude: -2.2044 / 2°12'15"W
OS Eastings: 387666
OS Northings: 785523
OS Grid: NO876855
Mapcode National: GBR XL.BS35
Mapcode Global: WH9RN.39JM
Plus Code: 9C8VXQ6W+86
Entry Name: Market Cross, High Street, Stonehaven
Listing Name: High Street, the Cross, Market Cross
Listing Date: 18 August 1972
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 387931
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB41616
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside
Traditional County: Kincardineshire
Mid 17th century, restored 1887. Market cross. Plain rectangular-plan stone shaft surmounted by late 19th century stylised cross head. Tooled roundel to W face at cross head, with Stonehaven coat-of-arms, initials W, E, M, and scroll including inscription 'Veritas Vincit'; rear of cross head inscribed 'Restored by Mrs Baillie Knowles 1887'.
In 1663 George Keith, 8th Earl Marischal, gave permission for a weekly market and biannual fair to be held in Stonehaven. The site of the market was around the middle of the High Street, and the first mention of a market cross appears in 1645. Watt, describing its restoration, said unduly harshly that the cross was 'unfortunately disfigured by the addition of a modern head as a memorial to Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1887'. Royal Proclamations are made at the Market Cross.