North Berwick Celtic Cross – Black and White Art Print
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When I visited North Berwick, I didn’t know much about this small town on Scotland’s coast other than it was near Edinburgh and if I went there I could commune with the sea there. That opportunity more than fit the bill for my final day in Scotland.
This black and white print shows a beautiful Celtic cross near the site of Saint Andrews Auld Kirk in North Berwick, Scotland. There was once a church here which was a stop-over point for Pilgrims heading north to Saint Andrews. Anchor Green where this old cross stands now was once known as Auld Kirk green, a church yard.
When I saw this place, I had to have a photo of it. I loved the details in that highly detailed Celtic cross and the stark white of both the old coast guard station behind it and the very thin, wispy clouds. Those elements all created a lot of great contrast and interest for this Celtic cross print.
At the time I didn’t read the inscription on the cross. I assumed it was connected to the adjacent churchyard. When I got home, I did a little research and discovered that the Celtic cross in my photo has a touching and heroic story to go with it. I uncovered the history of this beautiful cross on North Berwick’s website:
“On the Anchor Green stands a red granite Celtic Cross, with the inscription ‘ Erected in memory of Catherine Watson of Glasgow, aged 19 who drowned in the East Bay, 27th July 1889 while rescuing a drowning boy. The child was saved, the brave girl was taken.’ The memorial was designed by S. McGlashen in 1890 and crafted by Catherine Watson’s fellow students at Glasgow School of Art.”
Somehow I’m not surprised that this beautiful Scottish print includes a touching if tragic story, are you?