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Baylin High Cross
Native name
Irish: Ardchros Bhéal Linne
Bealin High Cross, West Side (16912314830).jpg
West side view of cross
Type High cross
Location Twyford Demesne,
County Westmeath, Ireland
Height 2 m (6 ft 7 in)
Built c. AD 800
National Monument of Ireland
Official name: Bealin Cross
Reference no. 223
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Baylin High Cross is a high cross and National Monument located near Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland.


Baylin High Cross is located about 6.2 km (3.9 mi) east of Athlone.


The cross is believed to have been moved, perhaps from Clonmacnoise. On the east face was a lion and a scroll of interlaced creatures with birdlike heads running up the shaft, and a Celtic knot pattern at the centre of the head. The North face shows a hunting scene with a horseman with spear and a dog biting a deer's leg.

There is an inscription at the bottom of the west face dating the cross to around AD 800: the inscription reads OROIT AR TUATHGALL LAS DERNATH IN CHROSSA ("A Prayer for Tuathgal who caused this cross to be made"), referring to the Abbot of Clonmacnoise who died in 811.

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