10. Decorated Crosses,
Monnigaff Parish Church, Newton Stewart
Map Ref: NX 410 666

Inside the church. There is parking opposite the church and footpath access from Newton Stewart via the George V Bridge. The church is open on occasion during the summer. Contact Machars Action (01988 402633) for details.

© D&GC Museums Service

These two 8th century crosses came from a now-lost Dark Age church or monastery.

In the corner of the church is a curious free-standing stone. On one side is an eagle, the symbol of St John the Evangelist, resting on a cross decorated with a fine interlace pattern. Another side is carved with a crude human face which is thought to be St Matthew. The face is known locally as "The Old Man of Monnigaff."

The other stone rests against the wall nearby. Carved in relief is a cross-head with five central hollows. Perhaps coloured glass or stone was set in the hollows to represent the five wounds of Christ.

These crosses are unique in Dumfries and Galloway but their style of carving is similar to some Early Christian stones from Ireland.