Unicorn on the Mercat Cross

Andrew Davidson



High Street, Inverness

Although the shaft of the Grade B listed Mercat (or Market) Cross is an ancient one, probably dating from the late sixteenth century, the cross was restored in 1900, and at that time Davidson carved the unicorn finial for it (see Gifford 195). The unicorn is the traditional heraldic beast of Scotland. It supports the arms of Inverness.

Photograph © Kim Traynor, and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee.

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