5. Mercat Cross

5. Mercat Cross

Town Trail

Photo of Mercat Cross monument

The Mercat Cross, which is the Scots name for ‘Market Cross’, was the traditional symbol of a Scottish village or town’s trading status and marked their right to hold a regular market or fair.

A cross has occupied this site in Galashiels since 1599. It originally stood on a circular base with a flight of steps and a projecting balcony. It was, however, removed in 1820 and returned sometime later in its present form. It was restored again in 1887, and a section of the original shaft can be seen in Old Gala House.

Stop 5 of 20

Key Information

Date built:

19th century

Building open to the public:

Yes, though the cross is situated on a busy junction and care should be taken when crossing.

What 3 Words Locator text

This location is accessible to anyone with mobility issues.
Gala Market Cross

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