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St Mary's Chapel and tombstones, Tobermory

A Scheduled Monument in Oban South and the Isles, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.623 / 56°37'22"N

Longitude: -6.074 / 6°4'26"W

OS Eastings: 150191

OS Northings: 755326

OS Grid: NM501553

Mapcode National: GBR CCD6.LMD

Mapcode Global: WGZCZ.NSTM

Entry Name: St Mary's Chapel and tombstones, Tobermory

Scheduled Date: 17 January 1985

Last Amended: 8 September 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4348

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: tombstone; Ecclesiastical: chapel

Location: Kilninian and Kilmore

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Description

The monument consists of the foundations of a medieval chapel, and carved stones including two of the Iona school. The monument is on soils derived from basic rocks and bones may be expected to survive. In its immediate environment will be important death assemblages, for the chapel was the main focus for local burials before the 17th century and thus before Tobermory was founded. Documentation is good compared to that of most other chapels and suggests the Lord of the Isles exercised ecclesiastical patronage.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The better preserved of the two Iona School stones is important to the theme of late medieval stone carving. The importance of the chapel is to the elucidation of the quasi-parochial network of churches and chapels from the 13th century onwards and by extension to the theme of imposition of this system on the previous looser organisation based on Scandanavian models. This, with the likelihood of survival of death assemblages giving economic and ritual information not available from other sources, and the carved stones, makes the monument of national importance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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Bibliography

RCAHMS records the site as 'Mull, Tobermory, St Mary's Chapel and Burial-ground', NM55NW 2.

References:

RCAHMS 1980a, AN INVENTORY OF THE MONUMENTS VOLUME 3: MULL, TIREE, COLL AND NORTHERN ARGYLL (EXCLUDING THE EARLY MEDIEVAL AND LATER MONUMENTS OF IONA), Edinburgh: HMSO, 163-5, No. 324.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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