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TITLE
Cross, Inveraray
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0531
PLACENAME
Inveraray
DISTRICT
Mid Argyll
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Inveraray
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10452
KEYWORDS
Inveraray
Mercat Cross
crosses
cross
Cross, Inveraray

This late medieval cross at the sea front at Inveraray, Argyll, was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson, in the first half of the 20th century. Previously, it stood as the Mercat Cross in the former old town of Inveraray although originally it would probably have come from a burial ground.

The crucifix on the cross-head has been defaced and a figure in the cusped niche at the top of the shaft has been chiselled away. The shaft is carved with plant-scrolls and a hunting scene. An inscription on the north face may translate as 'This is the cross of noble men, namely Duncanus MacCowan, Patricius, his son, and Mael-Moire, son of Patricius, who caused this cross to be made'.

The photographer, Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson, was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban


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Cross, Inveraray

ARGYLL: Inveraray

20c

Inveraray; Mercat Cross; crosses; cross

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

This late medieval cross at the sea front at Inveraray, Argyll, was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson, in the first half of the 20th century. Previously, it stood as the Mercat Cross in the former old town of Inveraray although originally it would probably have come from a burial ground.<br /> <br /> The crucifix on the cross-head has been defaced and a figure in the cusped niche at the top of the shaft has been chiselled away. The shaft is carved with plant-scrolls and a hunting scene. An inscription on the north face may translate as 'This is the cross of noble men, namely Duncanus MacCowan, Patricius, his son, and Mael-Moire, son of Patricius, who caused this cross to be made'. <br /> <br /> The photographer, Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson, was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.