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Market Cross, High Street, Stonehaven

A Category B Listed Building in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

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

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 387931

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB41616

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Stonehaven

County: Aberdeenshire

Town: Stonehaven

Electoral Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Traditional County: Kincardineshire

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Description

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'.

Statement of Interest

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.

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