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TITLE
Resting Cairns
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0555
PLACENAME
Glen Spean
DISTRICT
Lochaber
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kilmonivaig
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10475
KEYWORDS
cairns
resting cairns
St Cyril's Church
Cille Choirille
Glen Spean
burial grounds
churches
funerals
cairn
burial ground
church
Resting Cairns

These cairns, known as 'resting cairns', were photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century. The exact location is unknown but they may be on the road up to St Cyril's Church (Cille Choirille), in Glen Spean.

Resting cairns can be found on roads or paths leading to church sites. When a coffin had to be carried a long distance to a burial ground, occasional stops were made along the way in order for the bearers to rest. At these spots, a cairn would traditionally be erected.

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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Resting Cairns

INVERNESS: Kilmonivaig

20c

cairns; resting cairns; St Cyril's Church; Cille Choirille; Glen Spean; burial grounds; churches; funerals; cairn; burial ground; church

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

These cairns, known as 'resting cairns', were photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century. The exact location is unknown but they may be on the road up to St Cyril's Church (Cille Choirille), in Glen Spean.<br /> <br /> Resting cairns can be found on roads or paths leading to church sites. When a coffin had to be carried a long distance to a burial ground, occasional stops were made along the way in order for the bearers to rest. At these spots, a cairn would traditionally be erected.<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.