MacDuff's Cross is the remains of an ancient white sandstone monument, located on a historic site between Lindores and Newburgh. Robert Sibbald suggested the date of its construction to have been 1059 CE, however earlier dates have been considered.

The cross is supposed to mark the spot where the clan Macduff, in return for its chief's services against Macbeth, was granted rights of sanctuary and composition for murder done in hot blood. This legend suggests a penalty of nine cows and a heifer for such a crime. Shortly after the death of Macbeth, King of Scotland, Malcolm III of Scotland was also supposed to have bestowed on the Thane of Fife the privilege of ordaining the King, and leading the charge in battle. The cross was originally dedicated to Saint Magider and smashed to pieces by a mob of fanatical followers of John Knox in 1559.



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The field where this is located is a cattle field. I was conscious of the cattle staring at me as I wandered from the gate to the monument. No doubt wonder who is this eejit coming all the way to see a mound. A mound is really all this is. It's a mound bordered by rocks with a larger stone in the centre of the raised mound where a cross was supposed to have been. There are legends associating this monument to Pictish kings, MacBeth and Malcolm III. That's the only reason it's two stars instead of one.
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