The History of Leith

February 26, 2012

Holyrood and the alleged miraculous cross

In the abbey was preserved, enshrined in silver,,the alleged miraculous cross which was placed in King David’s hand when his horse fell before the stag. It remained on the high altar till the fatal; battle of Durham in 1346, whither it was taken by David II., and where all virtue seemed to have deserted it (mirabile dictu !) as it fell into the hands of the enemy, by whom it was long preserved with zealous veneration in the great cathedral near the field. The texture of this remarkable cross was. said to have been of such a nature that no mortal artificer could tell whether it was of wood, horn, or metal.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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