The Mercat Cross

Mercat Cross, Aberdeen
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Mercat Cross, Aberdeen

Located in the Castlegate, the Aberdeen Mercat Cross was built in 1686 by John Montgomery, a local mason, reputedly at the cost of £100. This fine structure comprises a large hexagonal base for a vertical post topped with a white unicorn. The base is highly decorated, including medallions illustrating ten of the Stewart monarchs; namely James I to James V, Mary Queen of Scots, James VI, Charles I and II, and James VII.

The Mercat Cross was traditionally the site of miscellaneous public punishments, together with Royal proclamations.

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