Scheduled Monument

Oronsay Priory and CrossSM287

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Crosses and carved stones: cross (free-standing); sculptured stone (not ascribed to a more specific type); tombstone, Ecclesiastical: burial ground, cemetery, graveyard; church; priory
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Colonsay And Oronsay
NR 34969 88934
134969, 688934


The ruins of an Augustinian priory, founded by John I, Lord of the Isles, sometime between 1325 and 1353, with later works, including a church, cloister, conventual buildings, prior's house and burial aisles, extending into the early 1500s, with some futher burial enclosures added as late as the 19th century. The scheduling includes all these features, as well as the cross of c.1500 standing SW of the church, the collection of sculptured graveslabs, effigies and crosses contained within the prior's house or set within the priory enclosure, and all above and below ground features enclosed by the boundary wall, but excluding the wall itself, as indicated in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because of the evidence that it provides, and has the potential to provide by archaeological excavation, for late medieval church history, ecclesiastical architecture, sculpture, burial practices and material culture in general in the west Scotland.



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