IT SEEMS LIKE ELLOT AND ARMSTRONG HAVE HAD A SWORD PUT IN THEIR HANDS, THOUGH THEY DID NOT START WITH THE SWORD. An apology to the Armstrong by asking them to take the sword.
The top is added;
Without it, it looks like a cross.
Shield is said, and not shown above is relatively new.
Robert Bruce Armstrong; History of Liddesdale…
Christogram IHS –a monogram symbol of Jesus Christ in form of an acronym. This would symbolize, I feel a burial.
R B Armstrong wrote extensively on the history of the Liddesdale region in the nineteenth century. It is felt that what is now called a Milnholm Cross is a sword, but previously to the sword it was a cross, as given in R B Armstrong’s book.
Mark Elliott 10/29/2013