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TITLE
Sanctuary Cross, near Kilchoman, Islay
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0042
PLACENAME
Kilchoman
DISTRICT
Islay
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilchoman
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
9418
KEYWORDS
Sanctuary Cross
cross slabs
crosses
Christianity
sculpture
Port Charlotte
cross
Sanctuary Cross, near Kilchoman, Islay

This photograph, taken in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson, shows an early historic cross slab known as the 'Sanctuary Cross' which stands in a field approximately 300 metres from the medieval church at Kilchoman, Islay. The slab is one of two early examples which may have marked an early Christian site, or alternatively, marked out the limits of an area in which criminals sought immunity or 'sanctuary' from prosecution. The second slab has been removed to the Museum of Islay Life at Port Charlotte.

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. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the area. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, but was buried in Oban.


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Sanctuary Cross, near Kilchoman, Islay

ARGYLL: Kilchoman

20c

Sanctuary Cross; cross slabs; crosses; Christianity; sculpture; Port Charlotte; cross

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

This photograph, taken in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson, shows an early historic cross slab known as the 'Sanctuary Cross' which stands in a field approximately 300 metres from the medieval church at Kilchoman, Islay. The slab is one of two early examples which may have marked an early Christian site, or alternatively, marked out the limits of an area in which criminals sought immunity or 'sanctuary' from prosecution. The second slab has been removed to the Museum of Islay Life at Port Charlotte.<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. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the area. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, but 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.