The Scottish Islands are full of these little churches, and most of them, are in the most wonderful locations. I’m now trying to catch up with posting them, because they all seem to have something special. We visited this church in 2013 and it was a beautiful day, with lots of Bluebells in the graveyard.
The building of St Columba’s at Gruline, a Scottish Episcopal Church, was started in 1873. It was the first church to be consecrated on the Island of Mull for some centuries.
In 1893 Gruline Estate was sold to Joseph William and Mary Melles. Much of the wood work in the church was carved by designs made by Mary, including the pulpit and reredos.
The church has several attractive stained glass windows, one of which is by Charles Kempe, of Charity and two children, installed in 1912.
Underneath the window is a plaque ‘in memory of Frederic Jameson Elles who drowned in Loch Frisa on 20 August 1911 at 12 years old’. His likeness is shown in the young boy.
The Saint himself….it was an enjoyable visit, and if you are ever passing, its worth a stop, just to look at the windows.