Culross Mercat Cross

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Sitting off-centre within the cobbled square known as The Cross in Culross (W Fife), Culross Mercat Cross was reconstructed in 1902 to a design by J.W. Small, executed by Alexander Neilson. A replacement shaft and head were mounted on the original octagonal base, dating from c.1600. The structure is now Category-A listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

The faces of the cube-shaped head feature the Burgh arms, the Provost's initials, a monogram of King James VI who granted the status of Royal Burgh and the arms of Sir James Sivewright, who paid for the restoration of the Mercat Cross. The unicorn on top was copied from Stirling Mercat Cross and was given by a local laird to commemorate the coronation of Kind Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.

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