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IONA ABBEYLB12310

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
20/07/1971
Supplementary Information Updated
25/06/2015
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
Parish
Kilfinichen And Kilvickeon
NGR
NM 28683 24515
Coordinates
128683, 724515

Description

Transitional and Gothic. Rubble. Slated roofs.

CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. MARY: Cruciform. Nave: earlier

13th cent. (widened c. 1500). N. Transept: later 12th

cent. S. Transept: c. 1500. Tower over Crossing: rebuilt

c. 1500. Chancel, with Sacristy and S. Aisle: c. 1500.

Corbelled parapets. Buttresses. Base course. Traceried

windows. Pointed W. doorway (c. 1500). Interior: Timber

ceilings. Cusped Sacristy doorway and two pointed arches

on N. side of Chancel. Piscina. Sedilia. Effigies of

Abbots Mackinnon and Mackenzie and of 8th Duke of Argyll.

CONVENTUAL BUILDINGS: Earlier 13th cent. Cloister

(pointed arches). Chapter House (barrel vault; two round

arches; traceried windows) Refectory. Abbot's House.

Infirmary (now Michael Chapel). Old Refectory (now Museum).

ST. COLUMBA'S CELL: Celtic (?). Remains on Tor Abb.

Statement of Special Interest

A group with items 18-24In ecclesiastical use. St. Columba established a monasteryhere 563. Norsemen raided it many times between 797 and 1069.Reginald Macdonald, Lord of Kintyre, founded a house ofBenedictine Monks on same site. (Papal Confirmation 1203). Itwas attached to Bishopric of the Isles 1507. (Church becoming Cathedral). Pillaged 1561 on order of Synod of Argyll.Bestowed on Hector Maclean of Duart 1588. Passed to Earlof Argyll 1688. Presented to Church of Scotland by 8thDuke of Argyll 1899. Church was restored 1902-10 byP.M. Chalmer. Restoration of conventual buildings beganin 1939.

The ground beneath Iona Abbey is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 for its archaeological importance. Significant upstanding and below-ground archaeological remains may survive as part of and in addition to the structures and features described above.

References

Bibliography

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: http://www.rcahms.gov.uk/canmore.html CANMORE ID 21664

Old Statistical Account (1791-99) Kilfinchen and Kilviceuen, County of Argyle, Vol 14. p.198.

New Statistical Account (1834-45) Kilfinchen and Kilviceuen, County of Argyle, Vol. 7. p.305.

Macgibbon, D. & Ross, T. (1896-7) The Ecclesiastical Architecture of Scotland, Vol 3. Edinburgh: D. Douglas. p. 47-75.

Groom, F.H. (1901) Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland. Edinburgh: T.C.& E.C.Jack.

Lindsay, I. G. (1926) The Cathedrals of Scotland. London: W&R Chambers. p.164-178.

Coltart, J. S. (1936) Scottish Church Architecture. London: Sheldon Press. p.235-9.

Easson, D. E. (ed) ( 1976) Medieval Religious Houses: Scotland. London: Prentice Hall Press. p. 52.

Royal Commision on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, (1982) Inventory of monuments and Contructions. Iona. London: His Majesty's Stationary Office.

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Related Designations

  1. St Mary's Abbey, Iona, monastic settlementSM12968

    Designation Type
    Scheduled Monument
    Status
    Designated

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