Dupplin Cross, Dunning, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the 9th century A.D., Dupplin Cross which is located in the (now redundant) Dunning Church, about 12 miles S.W.of Perth in central Scotland.

Dunning sits on a very productive plain which has been occupied by man for about 5000 years. Here is a summary of key sites and archaeological finds in the Dunning-Forteviot area:

  • Neolithic henge at Forteviot dating from around 2600 BC.
  • A very rich and important Bronze Age burial tomb at Forteviot dating from around 2000 BC.
  • A Roman marching camp at Dunning dating from the late 1st century, AD.
  • Pictish Palace at Forteviot which existed in the 9th century and became the power base of a unified Scotland around AD 845 under Kenneth Mac Alpin.

The Dupplin Cross was associated with the Pictish Palace at Forteviot, about three miles away and stood on open ground, exposed to the elements for about 1200 years.

Detailed information on the cross can be found here. A summary is as follows:-

  • Dates from around AD 800.
  • Made from sandstone for the Pictish king, King Constantine who ruled AD 789-820.
  • Only surviving complete, free-standing cross from the Pictish region.
  • Stands 3m/9.5 feet high.

The church, St.Serf’s, in which the Dupplin Cross is housed is itself of some antiquity with the tower dating from the 12th century. However, it is likely there were earlier churches on the same site. This church is no longer used for worship and is, in effect, a museum with prime exhibit being the Dupplin Cross.

The church is open 1 April to 30 September: Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm. An expert guide from Historic Environment Scotland is usually on site to assist with interpretation.

Dupplin Cross, Dunning, Scotland

Dunning Church, Perthshire, Scotland

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