Scheduled Monument

Old Aberdeen Market CrossSM7124

Status: Removed


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
NJ 93900 8400
393900, 808400

Removal Reason

This site is currently dual designate. Its designation as a scheduled monument will be removed as part of the Dual Designation 2A project. Its significance will continue to be recognised through its designation as a listed building.


The monument comprises the market cross of Old Aberdeen which formerly stood in front of the Town House at the North end of High Street. When it was listed in January 1967, it had been moved to a position in a paved are immediately to the E of the former St Mary's church, now part of the University Geography Department, further S in High Street. It has since been restored to its earlier position.

The only remaining original part of the 16th-century cross is the knop, decorated with four coats of arms of Bishop Gavin Dunbar (1518-32) surmounted by (the remains of) crouching beasts. The shaft was renewed in 1951, and the stepped base is modern.

The monument to be scheduled comprises the entire market cross, including its modern stepped base, in the position shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because it incorporates a significant architectural fragment of the original 16th-century market cross of Old Aberdeen, erected by Bishop Gavin Dunban (1518-32), whose other building works, including the Greyfriars and the heraldic ceiling in St Machar's cathedral, are still evident in the city.



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