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TITLE
Altar and grave slabs, Oronsay Priory
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0903
PLACENAME
Oronsay Priory
DISTRICT
Jura and Colonsay
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Colonsay and Oronsay
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10797
KEYWORDS
social histories
altars
Lords of the Isles
Augustinians
altar tables
grave slab
photograph
priories
Lordship of the Isles
sculpture
carving
Altar and grave slabs, Oronsay Priory

The Augustinian priory at Oronsay dates from the 14th century and was founded under the patronage of John I, Lord of the Isles. Intricately carved grave slabs and crosses were produced at Oronsay right up until the early 16th century. This internal view of the priory, with altar table and carved grave slabs, 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, including an account of the building of her home at Sanna. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958 and was buried in Oban


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Altar and grave slabs, Oronsay Priory

ARGYLL: Colonsay and Oronsay

20c

social histories; altars; Lords of the Isles; Augustinians; altar tables; grave slab; photograph; priories; Lordship of the Isles; sculpture; carving

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

The Augustinian priory at Oronsay dates from the 14th century and was founded under the patronage of John I, Lord of the Isles. Intricately carved grave slabs and crosses were produced at Oronsay right up until the early 16th century. This internal view of the priory, with altar table and carved grave slabs, 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, including an account of the building of her home at Sanna. 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.