Early-attested site in the Parish of Stainburn
Other 13th-century charters in the St Bees Register refer to lands in Kirkecrossan and Kyrcros . The full form Kirkecrossan is clearly an inversion compound. It probably meant 'Crossan 's church,' Cros (s )án being an Old Irish personal name. It seems clear that a church or chapel existed on the site before the 13th century, but nothing seems to be known of its history (v. ScandCelts 28, StB 339).