The Chapel of St Mary & MacMillan’s Cross, Kilmory Knap, Loch Sween, Scotland

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Kilmore Knap Chapel, St Mary’s on the shore of Loch Sween.  We visited back in 2016 and I did think I had posted about the chapel, but it would seem I did not.  Still, l think this peaceful tranquil place, will not have changed since I took my photos.  Kilmory Knap Chapel was probably built in the early 1200’s and it seems to have remained largely unaltered until it ceased to be used following the Reformation.

Following the Reformation the chapel, by now roofless, found use as a burial enclosure. It was re-roofed in 1934 to provide a shelter for the carved stones found within the chapel and churchyard, and is now in the care of Historic Environment Scotland.

I wasn’t quite expecting the amount of wonderful tomb slabs that I found on entering the chapel, they are amazing well preserved.  

The far end of the chapel is dominated by the beautiful MacMillan’s Cross, carved for Alexander MacMillan, who through marriage became keeper of Castle Sween in the 1450s. The original base of the cross can be seen in the churchyard outside, but given how crisp the carving is, it is difficult to believe it was ever exposed to the elements. It was moved into the chapel in 1981.




8 Replies to “The Chapel of St Mary & MacMillan’s Cross, Kilmory Knap, Loch Sween, Scotland”

  1. What a wonderful idea someone had! That is quite a collection of tomb slabs. And in such good shape! After I finished ogling the slabs and took a closer look at the chapel I realized it was built without mortar. That always amazes me. I’d be doing good if I built a Lego wall and it came out straight. 🙂

    1. Some of those slabs are so fresh looking, just thankful that they were put under cover, I see so many that have worn away. The walls are built like the dry stone walls that edge some counties fields. We have ditches, no hedges or walls, so you can see for miles 🙂

  2. What a wonderful place and an amazing collection of the carved stone slabs~ would love to spend some time here ~ so rich with early medieval history and more thank you for sharing his and all the many fine photos.

  3. I’m always impressed with these stone craving! enjoyed reading the newer stones ,lots of Lewis’ …that was a very common last name where I grow up .Cute sheep,adds to the little village.

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