The Irvine that was

Mercat Chross (Market Cross)

A market cross, as McJannet the local historian remarked, was “the focus of the Burgh, the point at which all activities converged, the meeting place of the burgesses, the spot at which proclamations must be made, at which important acts must be done, the scene of public rejoicings of all kinds, and the dreaded theatre of punishment and shame”. The cross no longer exists, but the War Memorial adjacent to the Town House suggests what it may have looked like as it was built in the style of a typical Scots mercat cross.

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