Whithorn Priory Museum

© David Gill
© David Gill

Historic Scotland looks after a number of site museums. One of the gems is the Whithorn Priory Museum that contains material from the early Christian site at Whithorn (in south-west Scotland). The ‘stones’ are beautifully displayed alongside a series of informative panels and descriptions. (And the custodian on duty was extremely welcoming.)

The priory is reported to have been founded by St Ninian in the 5th century.

At the centre of the museum is the Monreith Cross, standing at 2.7 m. It dates to c. AD 800-1000.

Further details on the museum and surrounding sites can be found here.

One of the visitor activities is making your own decorated cross for a bookmark.


Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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