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TITLE
MacMillan Cross, Kilmory, Knapdale
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0391
PLACENAME
Kilmory
DISTRICT
Mid Argyll
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: South Knapdale
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10147
KEYWORDS
MacMillan Cross
Kilmory
chapels
crosses
Castle Sween
Alexander MacMillan
chapel
cross
MacMillan Cross, Kilmory, Knapdale

The ruined medieval chapel of Kilmory is situated between Loch Caolisport and Loch Sween on the Knapdale Peninsula. The chapel now houses many examples of carved grave slabs dating from the 14th to the 16th centuries, including the MacMillan Cross. This photograph dates from the first half of the 20th century and shows the MacMillan Cross when it stood in the chapel graveyard.

The west face of the cross depicts the Crucifixion with a two-handled sword, or claymore, underneath, while the east face, depicted here, is decorated with twisted stems and interlaced foliage, with a shaft carved with a kilted warrior and hounds hunting deer. The cross was originally about 12ft (4m) high and is made of solid chloride slate. A Latin inscription on the base of the shaft may be translated as 'This is the Cross of Alexander MacMillan'. MacMillan was the keeper of Castle Sween under the Lords of the Isles until the 1470s.

The photographer, Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson, was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban


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MacMillan Cross, Kilmory, Knapdale

ARGYLL: South Knapdale

20c

MacMillan Cross; Kilmory; chapels; crosses; Castle Sween; Alexander MacMillan; chapel; cross

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

The ruined medieval chapel of Kilmory is situated between Loch Caolisport and Loch Sween on the Knapdale Peninsula. The chapel now houses many examples of carved grave slabs dating from the 14th to the 16th centuries, including the MacMillan Cross. This photograph dates from the first half of the 20th century and shows the MacMillan Cross when it stood in the chapel graveyard. <br /> <br /> The west face of the cross depicts the Crucifixion with a two-handled sword, or claymore, underneath, while the east face, depicted here, is decorated with twisted stems and interlaced foliage, with a shaft carved with a kilted warrior and hounds hunting deer. The cross was originally about 12ft (4m) high and is made of solid chloride slate. A Latin inscription on the base of the shaft may be translated as 'This is the Cross of Alexander MacMillan'. MacMillan was the keeper of Castle Sween under the Lords of the Isles until the 1470s.<br /> <br /> The photographer, Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson, was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.