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TITLE
Entrance to St Cormac's Cave, Eilean Mòr
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0997
PLACENAME
Eilean Mor
DISTRICT
Mid Argyll
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: South Knapdale
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10883
KEYWORDS
Highlands and Islands
social histories
chapels
churches
cross
islands
saints
monks
caves
Celtic church
monasteries
gullies
Entrance to St Cormac's Cave, Eilean Mòr

Near the south eastern end of Eilean Mòr, the largest of a group of islands in the Sound of Jura, is a cave known as 'St Cormac's Cave'. Its walls are carved with simple crosses. St Cormac or St Charmaig was a 7th-century Irish monk who founded a monastery at Keills on the Tayvallich Peninsula. He is said to have used Eilean Mòr as an early Christian retreat. This gully houses the entrance to St Cormac's Cave. It was photographed in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson.

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. 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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Entrance to St Cormac's Cave, Eilean Mòr

ARGYLL: South Knapdale

20c

Highlands and Islands; social histories; chapels; churches; cross; islands; saints; monks; caves; Celtic church; monasteries; gullies

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

Near the south eastern end of Eilean Mòr, the largest of a group of islands in the Sound of Jura, is a cave known as 'St Cormac's Cave'. Its walls are carved with simple crosses. St Cormac or St Charmaig was a 7th-century Irish monk who founded a monastery at Keills on the Tayvallich Peninsula. He is said to have used Eilean Mòr as an early Christian retreat. This gully houses the entrance to St Cormac's Cave. It was photographed in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson. <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. 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.