Monday 22 November 2010

The Kilchoman Cross

Kilchoman Cross stands in the burial ground of Kilchoman Parish Church. Dating from the 14th or 15th century, it is a fine example of West Highland medieval sculpture. An inscription on the cross shaft indicates it was erected by Thomas, son of Patrick, the doctor. It is likely that Thomas and his father belonged to the family of hereditary physicians to the Lords of the Isles who held the nearby lands at Ballinaby and who later adopted the name of Beaton.

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The surface of the cross is heavily encrusted with lichens.  Thanks to Ian for this detail shot

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