Kirkcolm - Viking Carved Stones

Monuments & Ruins

Kirkcolm Church/church Yard, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway, DG9 0NW

    Discover Galloway’s Viking and Celtic connections in Kirkcolm churchyard, where these 10th century Viking Carved Stones are found.

    The designs on the magnificent Christian stone cross combines Christian and pagan Scandinavian images, reflecting Galloway's connections with its Viking and Celtic past.

    The cross originally stood close to St Mary's Chapel, south of Kirkcolm, but was moved to the grounds of Corsewall House in the last century. The cross was re-erected in the Kirkcolm churchyard in 1989.

    One face of the stone has an elaborately carved cross above a design of intertwined animal bodies, and the snake-like heads of some of the animals can still be seen. On the reverse-side is a representation of the Crucifixion. Below is a figure of a man with a pair of tongs and a bird on his shoulder; this is most likely Sigurid, a super-hero from Viking mythology. It is thought the carvings on the Kilmorie Stone show the triumph of Christianity over paganism.

    Carvings of Sigurd also appear on Viking-period crosses in Cumbria and Lancashire suggesting the people who put up the Kilmorie Stone may have been in contact with other Scandinavian communities south of the Solway.
     

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    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

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