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TITLE
Sacristy door, Abbey Church, Iona
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0779A
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
10675
KEYWORDS
Iona Abbey
abbeys
Sacristy door, Abbey Church, Iona

The Benedictine abbey at Iona was built around 1200 on the site of St Columba's earlier monastery. It was altered and partly rebuilt in the 13th century and again in the 15th century when the sacristy was formed from the 13th-century north choir-aisle. The finely carved sacristy door (pictured here) was built into the remains of the east arch. The abbey became derelict after the Reformation of 1560. In 1874 the 8th Duke of Argyll commissioned an architect to preserve the ruins and in 1899 the building was handed over to the Iona Cathedral Trust. Proper restoration began in 1902 and the monastic buildings were restored and back in use by 1965. This view of the sacristy door 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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Sacristy door, Abbey Church, Iona

ARGYLL: Kilfinchen and Kilvickeon

20c

Iona Abbey; abbeys

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

The Benedictine abbey at Iona was built around 1200 on the site of St Columba's earlier monastery. It was altered and partly rebuilt in the 13th century and again in the 15th century when the sacristy was formed from the 13th-century north choir-aisle. The finely carved sacristy door (pictured here) was built into the remains of the east arch. The abbey became derelict after the Reformation of 1560. In 1874 the 8th Duke of Argyll commissioned an architect to preserve the ruins and in 1899 the building was handed over to the Iona Cathedral Trust. Proper restoration began in 1902 and the monastic buildings were restored and back in use by 1965. This view of the sacristy door 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.