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Plans to move historic Kilmartin Crosses

By Published On: 30th July 20221.2 min readCategories: History

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A plan to relocate the Kilmartin Crosses from the old church where they are currently located to Kilmartin Museum has been put forward by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) for consultation.

The Crosses comprise the fragments of two medieval crosses, and one early Christian cross dating from around 900 AD known as the ‘Kilmartin Cross’. 

Kilmartin sculptured stones. Photo by Otter CC BY-SA 3.0

The three Crosses are Properties in Care of HES, placed into guardianship by Argyll and Bute Council in 1933.

Now, following discussions with stakeholders - including Kilmartin Museum, the new owner of Kilmartin Old Church and Argyll & Bute Council - the plan is to move the artefacts to the Museum to ensure both public access to the Crosses and their long-term protection.

It is proposed that the Kilmartin Cross and the smaller medieval cross will be relocated inside Kilmartin Museum, with the third, larger cross to be relocated at a later date, subject to planning permission being granted. It is thought the Crosses will be installed in their new setting ready for the reopening of the 

Kilmartin Museum in 2023.

As the crosses are also protected as scheduled monuments, consent must be granted before the relocation can take place. As part of this process, HES is inviting comments from the public on the application. Comments can be submitted until Thursday 11 August, via the HES portal.