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Keil Church, medieval graveslabs

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.5407 / 56°32'26"N

Longitude: -5.7897 / 5°47'22"W

OS Eastings: 167115

OS Northings: 745172

OS Grid: NM671451

Mapcode National: GBR DC2F.JTJ

Mapcode Global: WH0FN.1V9Q

Entry Name: Keil Church, medieval graveslabs

Scheduled Date: 18 August 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7826

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: tombstone

Location: Morvern

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Description

The monument comprises of a collection of carved stones of medieval date.

The stones are housed in the former session house of the Kirk, a rectangular building which has been converted for their protection and display. The stones are mostly from the Iona school of carving dating to the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. The stones are said to have been brought from Iona and placed in the church graveyard before they were moved to their previous location inside the church. This probably reflects the location of the school of carvers with the stones being carved for use in Keil.

The area proposed for scheduling is the interior of the Session house. It excludes the structure of the building but includes the mountings of the stones and the stones themselves. The area measures roughly 5m N-S by 7m and is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of 14th-16th century sculpture. The presence of such a fine collection f stones can also help give us an insight into the society they were made for.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NM 64 NE 1.

Bibliography:

RCAHMS (1980) Argyll. Argyll. An inventory of the Monuments, Vol. 3. Mull, Tiree, Coll & Northern Argyll (excluding the Early Medieval and later monuments of Iona) HMSO. Edinburgh.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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