This morning I visited the Arthurlie Cross which is located in the midst of a social housing estate in Barrhead.

The cross is of the ‘Govan School’ of ecclesiastical scuplture and may date from somewhere between the 9th and 11th centuries AD.

Although the cross is believed to originate somewhere in or around Barrhead it was placed in its current position as recently as the 1940s. There has been no archaeological investigation of the monument which extends to some 2 metres/6 feet in height.

The stone comprises the shaft of a cross with the curved surfaces at the top suggesting that it was once a ring-headed cross.

The unworn section (pictured) is covered with panels of interlace carving . Unusually, there is a carved cross in one of the lower panels. The sides are decorated with bands of interlace pattern.

The short video clip (below) should help to fully appreciate this very ancient monument.

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