Item #36836 An ESSAY, Upon the Inscription of MacDuff's Crosse in FYFE. 1678. 'By I. C.', d. 1697?, James - Attributed to Cunningham.

An ESSAY, Upon the Inscription of MacDuff's Crosse in FYFE. 1678.

Edinburgh: Printed by the Heir of Andrew Anderson, Printer to the King's most Excellent Majesty. 1678. 1st edition (Wing C-7593). 20 pp. 4to: A - B^4 C^2. 7-5/8" x 5-3/4". Bound in later stiff grey card stock paper covers, with title hand-inked to front cover. Bookplate [Gilmour of Lundin and Montrave, signed in the plate, "A. S. Leslie, 1898"]. Paper a bit grubby from use, with leaves trimmed a bit lean. Old repair to title leaf. A VG copy. Item #36836

This is a very rare essay about the inscription on MacDuff's Cross in Fife, Scotland. "According to tradition it marks the spot where the Thane of Fife passed on his way to Auchtermuchty while fleeing from Macbeth. It was erected by Malcolm III to commemorate the death of Macbeth. The inscription along with the shaft were destroyed at the Reformation and only the base remains... Although badly damaged in 1559 by the Reformers, the cross is still very much a legendary place of sanctuary for all those of the MacDuff clan who had been involved in murder. Such MacDuff clan members could achieve atonement by performing a series of rituals. Having touched the MacDuff stone, they would then wash themselves nine times at nearby Ninewells. They would also have to pay a forfeit of nine cows."

Price: $750.00

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