Scheduled Monument

Keil Church, medieval graveslabsSM7826

Status: Designated


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Crosses and carved stones: tombstone
Local Authority
NM 67115 45172
167115, 745172


The monument comprises of a collection of carved stones of medieval date.

The stones are housed in the former session house of the Kirk, a rectangular building which has been converted for their protection and display. The stones are mostly from the Iona school of carving dating to the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. The stones are said to have been brought from Iona and placed in the church graveyard before they were moved to their previous location inside the church. This probably reflects the location of the school of carvers with the stones being carved for use in Keil.

The area proposed for scheduling is the interior of the Session house. It excludes the structure of the building but includes the mountings of the stones and the stones themselves. The area measures roughly 5m N-S by 7m and is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of 14th-16th century sculpture. The presence of such a fine collection f stones can also help give us an insight into the society they were made for.



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 64 NE 1.


RCAHMS (1980) Argyll. Argyll. An inventory of the Monuments, Vol. 3. Mull, Tiree, Coll & Northern Argyll (excluding the Early Medieval and later monuments of Iona) HMSO. Edinburgh.

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