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TITLE
Iona Abbey
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_407_P080
PLACENAME
Iona Abbey
DISTRICT
Mull
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilfinchen and Kilvickeon
DATE OF IMAGE
1887
PERIOD
1760s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31203
KEYWORDS
abbeys
Benedictine monks
Iona Community
Iona Abbey

This illustration of the 'Church of I-Colm-Kill' - Iona Abbey - is from 'Tours in Scotland 1747, 1750, 1760' by Richard Pococke, Bishop of Meath, published by the Scottish History Society, 1887.

The Benedictine Abbey of Iona dates from the 12th to 13th centuries although there had been a religious community on Iona since the time of St Columba who came over from Ireland around 563 AD.

Monastic worship on Iona ended with the Reformation in 1560 and it was not until 1910 that the abbey church was restored for worship. Therefore, at the time of Pococke's tour in 1760, it was still in a ruinous state. Restoration continued throughout the 20th century. The Ionian Community was set up in 1938 and the remaining monastic buildings were fully restored. Today the Abbey is visited by thousands each summer as well as accommodating a number of guests on a weekly basis

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Iona Abbey

ARGYLL: Kilfinchen and Kilvickeon

1760s

abbeys; Benedictine monks; Iona Community

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

This illustration of the 'Church of I-Colm-Kill' - Iona Abbey - is from 'Tours in Scotland 1747, 1750, 1760' by Richard Pococke, Bishop of Meath, published by the Scottish History Society, 1887.<br /> <br /> The Benedictine Abbey of Iona dates from the 12th to 13th centuries although there had been a religious community on Iona since the time of St Columba who came over from Ireland around 563 AD. <br /> <br /> Monastic worship on Iona ended with the Reformation in 1560 and it was not until 1910 that the abbey church was restored for worship. Therefore, at the time of Pococke's tour in 1760, it was still in a ruinous state. Restoration continued throughout the 20th century. The Ionian Community was set up in 1938 and the remaining monastic buildings were fully restored. Today the Abbey is visited by thousands each summer as well as accommodating a number of guests on a weekly basis