Hand-Book of St. Andrews and Neighbourhood

Hand-Book of St. Andrews and Neighbourhood

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...the foot of the cross was usually at the west; and, on that of a layman, at the east. The sword is generally held to denote that the individual was a knight, or at least a warrior, and sometimes au abbot who had temporal jurisdiction. The shears are believed frequently to point out the resting place of a clothier, or woolstapler, and occasionally the grave of a female. In this case, the sword and shears might be meant to show that a married couple were buried here; or, perhaps, an abbot who asserted his authority by the sword and fleeced his flock with the shears. " Mesha, King of Moab, was a sheepmaster" (2 Kings iii. 4); and for such an one the sword and shears would have been befitting emblems. The foundations of the altar and sedilia are still to be seen, and opposite the latter is the priests' door. Near that door, a fragment of a sculptured cross may be observed built into the wall; and many of the stones still bear the mason-marks. The heugh, from which the place derived its name, a and which was between the Church and the Abbey Wall, was filled up with the debris and earth which had so long covered the foundations. At the base of the Kirk-Hill lies the Harbour, which, being merely a tidal one, is dry at low-water. The long-pier was originally constructed of wood, and extended further than at present. The holes in which the uprights were placed can still be seen in the outer end of the rocky ledge on which it is built. The pier was demolished by a great storm in December 1655; and next year the timber and slates of the Castle were sold to defray the expense of repairing it. The money thus raised, however, was insufficient, and other means had to be taken to supplement it. The Minutes of Town Council record the ceaseless and indomitable...
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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236679539
  • 9781236679536