Monthly Archives: November 2013

The ‘Runic Cross’ of Innerleithen

This amazing stone was found in the Leithen Valley in Peeblesshire. There’s neither runes on it, nor is there any evidence it was once a cross…read on…

runic cross

The first alleged discovery was made somewhere in the valley and it was held in such regard that it was used by Christians as building material! It was ‘found’ for a second time by Robert Mathison when the church was eventually demolished in 1871. It was previously house in the garden of Robert’s home (called ‘Runic Cross’).

The building of churches on top of sacred sites was common- many old churches are built directly on top of stone circles and monoliths. It was the Christian way to forcibly convert the people of this country to their religion.

I wanted to make some smaller pieces using slate offcuts and to reflect some of our amazingly rich local history. I love cup-and-rings patterns too, so this design was ideal!


I used the patterns which are on the East and West face of the stone for these pieces.


We have a lovely local Horticultural Show each year (erm, I’m on the committee!) and I entered one of these into the handicrafts section.


Yay- I won 3rd prize!!


Pop into The Framing Gallery on Innerleithen High Street- there’s another for sale in the shop;