Yearly Archives: 2015

A Drink with the Moderator

The Moderator of the Church of Scotland visited the Cowal peninsula and its churches two weeks ago.  The Right Rev. Dr Angus Morrison spent some time in Portavadie and Kilfinan, and before travelling to the kirks in Kilmun and Strone

Posted in Uncategorized

A song to take with you

The Faith in Cowal project has adopted a beautiful Gaelic hymn as a kind of anthem, a song for pilgrims to sing, for local congregations to share with their visitors, for visitors to take away with them.  It’s a Gaelic

Posted in Uncategorized

The Pilgrim Patriot

The British media have been getting a bit excited in recent weeks (September 2015) about patriotism and love of country. Much of this – if not all of it – has arisen from the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader

Posted in Uncategorized

News of Kilfinan and its Stones

A most enjoyable visit to the Lamont Aisle this week, a dark vault beside the recently restored parish church of Kilfinan. The very obliging Sinclair Sutherland arranged for me to get access (the gate is usually locked) and to look

Posted in Uncategorized

St Modan’s Well – found at last!

A century and a half ago the Ordnance Survey six-inch map showed St Modan’s Well on the hillside above Kilmodan (i.e. ‘St Modan’s Church’, the medieval church-site in the Clachan of Glendaruel).  The name suggests that there was a local

Posted in Uncategorized

Brilliant Flame – a new book on Munnu and Kilmun

Iona has St Columba; Whithorn has St Ninian; St Andrews has … well, St Andrew.  Major pilgrimage sites across Scotland are associated with saints.  And during the Middle Ages each of these saints acquired a kind of dossier of stories,

Posted in Uncategorized

The hunt for St Modan’s Well

A date for your diary.   Let’s go and look for a holy well, Saturday 27th June. Nineteenth-century Ordnance Survey maps showed a St Modan’s Well on the hillside above St Modan’s Church, Kilmodan in Glendaruel.  [They also showed a St

Posted in Uncategorized

The medieval land-holding of Kilmun: finding Achinlochir

There was a church at Kilmun in Cowal for centuries before 1442, but in that year Duncan Campbell of Lochawe elevated it to the status of a collegiate church and rebuilt it. Only the tower now survives.  Duncan  granted various

Posted in Uncategorized

Faith in the Rain – ‘living water’ in Cowal

Cowal is not generally short of water. Visitors don’t come here to sunbathe week after week, under clear blue skies – though we do get some of those too! But the country is full of rivers, burns, pools and lochs.

Posted in Uncategorized

St Munnu – an ancient image now identified

Sometimes the smallest of things are the most satisfying. There is a charter in the National Records of Scotland (NRS, formerly the National Archives of Scotland) by which Archibald Campbell, Provost of the Collegiate Church of Kilmun, grants a nineteen-year

Posted in Uncategorized

Please follow & like us :)

RSS
Follow by Email
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter

Subscribe2