The Queensferry Pilgrim’s Cross

“Previous to the Reformation, one of the pilgrimages in Scotland
was to Dunfermline Abbey, on account of the shrine of St
Margaret. There are still to be seen in Dalmeny parish, about a
mile from South Queensferry, on the Edinburgh road, the
remains of the “Pilgrim’s Cross,” It is on the south side of the
road, on the summit of the rock, through which the road has
been cut, and where the first view of Dunfermline, previous to
the trees being planted, would be had by a pilgrim from the
south; on reaching which he would no doubt kneel down in
gratitude and adoration for such a near termination of his
journey, and for joy at the prospect of soon treading the sacred
courts of the monastery. The upper part of the shaft of the cross
has been broken off, but the lower part, about a foot in height,
still remains in the centre of the old stone pedestal, which is
between three and four feet square. This has recently been very
properly surrounded by four new stones, fastened together with
iron, for security. Bishop Geddes, in describing the spot, says,
“that it be regarded as a place of devotion, and a cross of stone
was erected, which was demolished at the change of religion;
but its pedestal is still to be seen, and the eminence has the name
to this day (1794) of Cross Hill, and so, like-wise, the
neighbouring farm is called.” [Historical & Statistical Account of Dunfermline by P.Chalmers Vol. 1. p.132]”

3 thoughts on “The Queensferry Pilgrim’s Cross”

  1. Managed to find the site after a scramble up the hill. What a cool project it would be to restore this 1000 year old cross!

    1. And before St Margaret who was canonised in 1250, there was St Andrew. Margaret encouraged pilgrimage there by ‘setting up a free ferry’ and building a new church to house his relics, a tooth and several bones, which arrived there in the 8th century. So the cross could be very ancient – a way marker.
      Any other country, and there would be a lay-by, interpretation board and good access!

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