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National Museum of Scotland (Mid Calder cross head), Edinburgh, Midlothian, (see also: Kirk of Calder, Mid Calder)

(55°56′45″N, 3°11′28″W)
NT 257 732
pre-1975 traditional (Scotland) Midlothian
now City of Edinburgh
  • James King
7 Feb 2012

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Feature Sets

The block of stone, carved with circle and interlace on both main faces, is now part of the National Museum of Scotland Collection. According to the 1892 Museum inventory description, it came from the churchyard at Mid Calder and was given to the museum in 1883. Its inventory number is IB 129.


For a history of the church, see: Kirk of Calder, Mid Calder.


Loose Sculpture


The cross head in the museum is almost certainly contemporary with that set into the vestry wall of the church at Mid Calder. For a discussion of the dating, see: Kirk of Calder, Mid Calder.


Catalogue of the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, Edinburgh 1892, 268, Inv. no. IB 129.

A. Reid, ‘Notes on the Churchyards of Currie, Kirknewton, and the Calders’, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 40 (1906), 239.