Edinburgh's Buildings  -  Photograph: June 2003

Canongate Church

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Cross & Antlers

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Cross and Antlers

The arms of the Canongate, a cross set between antlers can be seen mounted high on the front of the church in this photograph. 

It is said that this represents the legend of a stag at bay that was withheld from attacking King David by the appearance of a Holy Cross or Holy Rood.

The King is reported to have built the Abbey Church of Holy Rood as a thanksgiving.

Ref:  The Best of Edinburgh [David Morris + John MacKay]   Publ. CJ Cousland & Sons, Edinburgh,  1948

 

 

 

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