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Oronsay Priory and Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Kintyre and the Islands, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.0198 / 56°1'11"N

Longitude: -6.2546 / 6°15'16"W

OS Eastings: 134969

OS Northings: 688934

OS Grid: NR349889

Mapcode National: GBR BDYT.1WM

Mapcode Global: WGYFN.WYTJ

Entry Name: Oronsay Priory and Cross

Scheduled Date: 28 April 1920

Last Amended: 31 July 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM287

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: cross (free-standing); Ecclesiastical: priory

Location: Colonsay and Oronsay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The ruins of an Augustinian priory, founded by John I, Lord of the Isles, sometime between 1325 and 1353, with later works, including a church, cloister, conventual buildings, prior's house and burial aisles, extending into the early 1500s, with some futher burial enclosures added as late as the 19th century. The scheduling includes all these features, as well as the cross of c.1500 standing SW of the church, the collection of sculptured graveslabs, effigies and crosses contained within the prior's house or set within the priory enclosure, and all above and below ground features enclosed by the boundary wall, but excluding the wall itself, as indicated in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of the evidence that it provides, and has the potential to provide by archaeological excavation, for late medieval church history, ecclesiastical architecture, sculpture, burial practices and material culture in general in the west Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


No Bibliography entries for this designation

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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