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TITLE
Sculptured Stones in Saddell Monastery, Kintyre
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_468_P134
PLACENAME
Saddell
DISTRICT
Kintyre
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Saddell and Skipness
DATE OF IMAGE
1902
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31282
KEYWORDS
Saddell Monastery
monasteries
abbies
Somerled
St Malachy of Armagh
Bishop of Argyll
Lords of the Isles
King Robert The Bruce
sculptured stones
Sculptured Stones in Saddell Monastery, Kintyre

This illustration was taken from "Argyll's Highlands" by Cuthbert Bede. It shows a photograph of sculptured stones in Saddell Monastery, Kintyre. The monastery was founded by the great warrior king from the Hebrides, Somerled, and St Malachy of Armagh.

Largely founded and supported by The Lords of the Isles, the abbey fell into disrepair when the Lords were disempowered by the Scottish Crown. Fifteen years after the forfeiture of the Lordship of the Isles, the lands of Saddell were given to the Bishop of Argyll and permission to build a castle was given. This marked the end of life at the abbey, after 360 years.

The twelve sculptured stones mark the resting place of great lords and churchmen involved in the life of the abbey.The stones consist of one cross, six grave-slabs and five effigies, commemorating such men as Somerled and the warrior, Mackay, who was granted the lands of Ugadale by King Robert the Bruce

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Sculptured Stones in Saddell Monastery, Kintyre

ARGYLL: Saddell and Skipness

Saddell Monastery; monasteries; abbies; Somerled; St Malachy of Armagh; Bishop of Argyll; Lords of the Isles; King Robert The Bruce; sculptured stones

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (photographs)

This illustration was taken from "Argyll's Highlands" by Cuthbert Bede. It shows a photograph of sculptured stones in Saddell Monastery, Kintyre. The monastery was founded by the great warrior king from the Hebrides, Somerled, and St Malachy of Armagh.<br /> <br /> Largely founded and supported by The Lords of the Isles, the abbey fell into disrepair when the Lords were disempowered by the Scottish Crown. Fifteen years after the forfeiture of the Lordship of the Isles, the lands of Saddell were given to the Bishop of Argyll and permission to build a castle was given. This marked the end of life at the abbey, after 360 years.<br /> <br /> The twelve sculptured stones mark the resting place of great lords and churchmen involved in the life of the abbey.The stones consist of one cross, six grave-slabs and five effigies, commemorating such men as Somerled and the warrior, Mackay, who was granted the lands of Ugadale by King Robert the Bruce