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TITLE
Recessed tomb, Church of St Donnan, Eigg
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2471_VOLXII_P583
PLACENAME
Chapel of St Donnan, Kildonnan
DISTRICT
Eigg
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Small Isles
DATE OF IMAGE
1876
PERIOD
1870s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31661
KEYWORDS
tombs
burials
grave yards
churches
chapels
carvings
engravings
tomb stones
grave markers
grave stones
clans
Recessed tomb, Church of St Donnan, Eigg

On the north side of the altar of the ruined chapel of St Donnan on the island of Eigg is this recessed tomb. The Clanranald Coat of Arms of the 16th century is carved on the wall.

The carving is arranged like a quartered shield. The first quarter is occupied by a hand holding a cross crosslet, the second quarter by a lion, the third by a galley ship and the fourth by a castle. A laurel tree in the middle stretches from the bottom to the top, with a bird carved in its upper branches. Between the castle and the galley quarters there is a shape which could be the ground from which the laurel tree is growing but is more likely to be a fish, which is common on MacDonald shields. The grave is said to contain the bones of Raonall MacAilein Oig, the celebrated piper.

This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)

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Recessed tomb, Church of St Donnan, Eigg

INVERNESS: Small Isles

1870s

tombs; burials; grave yards; churches; chapels; carvings; engravings; tomb stones; grave markers; grave stones; clans

Highland Libraries

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (illustrations)

On the north side of the altar of the ruined chapel of St Donnan on the island of Eigg is this recessed tomb. The Clanranald Coat of Arms of the 16th century is carved on the wall.<br /> <br /> The carving is arranged like a quartered shield. The first quarter is occupied by a hand holding a cross crosslet, the second quarter by a lion, the third by a galley ship and the fourth by a castle. A laurel tree in the middle stretches from the bottom to the top, with a bird carved in its upper branches. Between the castle and the galley quarters there is a shape which could be the ground from which the laurel tree is growing but is more likely to be a fish, which is common on MacDonald shields. The grave is said to contain the bones of Raonall MacAilein Oig, the celebrated piper.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)