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Guriat's Cross (No. 69)



Kirk Maughold Cross No. 69Kirk Maughold Cross No. 69

Guriat's Cross (No. 69)


From a keeill in Ballaterson comes this large rectangular shaped slab. On one side is a cross extending from the shaft, but overlayed by a circle with another circular boarder. Within the inner circle are five more smaller circles marking out the middle and edge points for the limbs. On the right edge is a short inscription in Hiberno-Saxon reading Crux Guriat. Gwriad, a Welsh Prince, with his family may have sought refuge on Man when dispossessed by his brother Howel, over whom, he was later victorious. This cross is believed to be the earliest Celtic cross in the parish and dates around the 9th century.


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