The Small Cross, Kilmartin, Scotland

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Inside Kilmartin Church, Kilmartin, Scotland, there are three medieval crosses.  The Kilmartin Cross which I have posted about and two others, the Large Ring Cross and the Small Cross.  This post is about the Small Cross which stood in the graveyard from about the 1400’s.  Its style matches that of another cross, The Kilmichael Cross, which is displayed in the Kilmartin Museum next door. (I have also posted about this one)

The photo shows the cross in the churchyard where it had stood since 1400.  This fragment of cross is unusual in the curious volute forms which have been carved as angle brackets to support the side arms.  The representation of the crucified figure is perhaps rather stiff an crude, and does look very similar to the Kilmichael Cross.  Dating from the 1300’s or 1400’s it could be attributed to a group of stone carvers working in the area around Loch Awe.  All three cross stood in the graveyard, but have since been brought into the church to protect them from the elements.  A post on the Large Cross will follow shortly.

From a visit in 2016

10 Replies to “The Small Cross, Kilmartin, Scotland”

  1. It maybe crude.. I think it’s wonderful.. can you picture how hard it must of been to carve on stone with hand tools?! Wonder how many days it took ?

    1. Oh yes, I often think that when I look at old crosses, that have intricate carvings, how long, what did they use to crave, really fascinating when you start to think about it 🙂

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