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TITLE
St Oran's Chapel, Iona
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0779
PLACENAME
Iona
DISTRICT
Mull
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilfinchen and Kilvickeon
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10674
KEYWORDS
chapels
burial grounds
St Oran's Chapel, Iona

St Oran's Chapel is the oldest intact building within the religious settlement at Iona. It is believed to have been built by Somerled as a family burial chapel. It stands in a burial ground which is the resting place of a number of Scottish and Norse kings including Macbeth and Duncan I, as well as later Lords of the Isles. This view of St Oran's was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.

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. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927.

Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson 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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St Oran's Chapel, Iona

ARGYLL: Kilfinchen and Kilvickeon

20c

chapels; burial grounds

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

St Oran's Chapel is the oldest intact building within the religious settlement at Iona. It is believed to have been built by Somerled as a family burial chapel. It stands in a burial ground which is the resting place of a number of Scottish and Norse kings including Macbeth and Duncan I, as well as later Lords of the Isles. This view of St Oran's was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.<br /> <br /> 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. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927.<br /> <br /> Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson 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.