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If you would like to contact us about anything on this website, or ask for further information, you can do so using the form below.  Also, if you can enrich this website by adding further information or insights, we would be grateful for your contribution.

You can also contact us direct by email:  gilbertscm@aol.com  or by post using the address below.

2 Glenogle House,
Edinburgh EH3 5HHR

Please also use these contact details to request copies of the thirteen leaflets describing the pilgrimage landsdcape of Cowal and its individual sites; or for copies of Brilliant Flame: St Munnu in Medieval Literature and his church at Kilmun in Cowal (£3 to UK addresses including postage).

 

Thank you.

Gilbert Márkus

17 comments on “Contact us
  1. Rachel says:

    This is a wonderful beginning. Are you going to have a shop section with pilgrim badges, books, croziers etc?

  2. Gillian Martin (ne McIlquham) says:

    There is a dearth of early Christian history in Argyll; I look forward to visiting this site – excellent start.

    • Gilbert Márkus says:

      Many thanks, Gillian.

      You are right about the lack of sources for the early history of Christian Argyll – except, of course, for Iona. I sometimes think that the rest of Argyll has fallen into the shade because Iona had such a fantastic set of scholars, writers, teachers, etc. that they more or less overwhelmed the record left by other, lesser places.

      If you subscribe to the site (maybe you already have) you will get regular – or at least occasional – updates and news, as more happens on teh early Christian Cowal front.

      Best wishes, and thanks again.

      Gilbert

  3. Gerry Burke says:

    Hello there. I’ve been compiling some background from various sources on the origins of the ruined chapel at St. Catherine’s on L. Fyne and an alleged later reformation-time Jesuit connection, etc.. The building, about the size of St. Blane’s on Bute, is reduced almost to foundation level with the bulk of the stone taken for a nearby boundary wall. A friend who owns an access to the site and I have stripped back the dense undergrowth and exposed the quite clearly-defined outline which appears to have contained an archway and there are numerous metal detector “contacts” which we have not unearthed yet. I’d be happy to update you on any progress and arrange a visit if you feel it might be useful. We are having to maintain a low profile, meantime as, although the site-owner has no objection to our activities, he is wary of unwelcome visitor intrusion. There may also be a connection with Mary Queen of Scots visiting the earl of Argyll,to help mend his marriage difficulties in collaboration with John Knox, (briefly alluded to by Prof. Jane Dawson in The Herald, April 29.) She is recorded as having overnighted at nearby Driep Castle as a guest of the MacPhuns who, I believe, as Macghillemhun, were servants and agents of St. Mun’s. If interested I’d be happy to pass on further detail and can be contacted most mornings until 11-ish on 01369-860467.
    Best wishes with the project,
    Gerry Burke

    • Gilbert Márkus says:

      Dear Gerry,

      Many thanks fror this. I did try to find the precise site some time ago, but it was so overgrown it was all a bit of a failure. But now you have stripped back the undergrowth I must go back and have another look. I’ll call you soon on the number you have given to talk to you some more about this.

      All the best, and thankyou for your interest.

      Gilbert

    • Leigh Kinnaird says:

      Modan’s well is even harder to find, although now there is a lovely bridge over the burn. Last year it was easy enough to follow the white quartz. Now it really is not, and the upright stone before you go right is overturned, it is VERY overgrown and hard to find if you don’t know it, but the signposting to the cairn is incredible as is the bridge over the burn. Kilmorie still easy, but you have to walk along the road and sometimes a lot of heavy traffic on it, so visitors make aware. St Brida’s well in Dunoon is heavily overgrown and there are also two fallen trees about it so take great caution, I happened to see the vicar after I went last week and told him. Not sure if my message got through but the metal barrier door to the tower at Kilmun Kirk has been broken, and it is possible to get into the tower now, not good as the area was only recently reopened following rock fall from the top.

  4. Ranulf (Randy) Bennett says:

    Hi, I wonder if I could use your photo of Carrick Castle in a flickr.com album I am making about the Hall-House Castles of Scotland? Full attribution to you in the manner you want, of course. Cheers, Randy

  5. Leigh Kinnaird says:

    Thanks for the great site! I was directed to this site from a FB page called Holy Wells and Sacred Springs of Britain. A member found this page when I told the group about the finding of St. Modan’s well. I have also shared this site with a professor friend of mine who is researching history of pilgrimage. I have lived in the Cowal for nearly 8 years now but am returning to my Christian faith after the untimely death of my daughter, then aged 9, three years ago from leukaemia and have been making pilgrimage to the many sites in our beautiful and blessed land.

  6. Duncan MacIntyre says:

    Regarding the carved stones in the Lamont Vault at Kilfinan, some were only plaeced in the vault for safe keeping in the late 1960’s or early 70’s by my late father Archibald MacIntyre of Lindsaig Farm, Kilfinan, and other members of the Cowal Archaeological Society. My memory is not too clear on the exact process but I think Dr W D Lamont, of the Clan Lamont Society, and a lecturer in I think Theology and Moral Philosophy at Glasgow University would also have been involved. I particularly remember helping move the large rough stone with a long deep incised cross which was found next the southern wall of the graveyard. I think it was dated as 9th or 10th century. Another moved inside at that time is recorded in The Early Christian Monuments of Scotland, it was allegedly dug up when a grave was being dug at the southern wall of the church (the ground there was built up from soil taken from the widening and redirecting of the road in the 1800’s). When the individual was buried the stone was replaced on the top of the grave, with one gravedigger allegedly commenting “well that’ll haud him doon” – the gentleman concerned having died at his own hand. I cannot be certain but I think that may be the stone pictured lying on its side in your latest news posting.

    Duncan MacIntyre

    • Gilbert Márkus says:

      Hi Duncan. Thanks for this. I’m sure that most of them were placed in the vault for safekeeping, originally. After all, they were made several hundred years before the vault was built. They must either have been somewhere else and brought in, or on the site of the vault before it was built and taken away before being brought back when it was finished. Safekeeping is part of it …. but I suppose gathering them all in one building maybe had a kind of symbolic function too.

    • Gilbert Márkus says:

      Sorry Duncan, that last reply was sent when for some reason olnly half of your message had appeared, so I missed all of it after ‘safe keeping’. No I have the whole thing. Thanks very much for that useful information. I will add it to my gazetteer – really just a working document at the moment. I’m hoping to write up some more as time goes on, in more detail. Your notes are very interesting …. and make me think that maybe someone should poke about with a trowel at the south end of the graveyard. All the best, Gilbert

  7. Kevin Hainge says:

    Hi. I wonder if you can help me. We visit inveraray every September from the south and the last two years have come to visit the Campbell mausaleum at Kilmun. Of course both times renovation has been in progress and wondered if this is complete and access is now possible or can be arranged? Regards, Kevin, Oxford

    • Gilbert Márkus says:

      Hi Kevin. Thanks for this, and I’m sorry to hear that you have been disappointed the last two years in your attempts to visit Kilmun Mausoleum. I’m glad to say that the restoration is now complete and visits can be arranged very easily when the volunteers are there. Better to check before you come, to make sure someone will be there when you arrive. All the necessary details on the website of the body that arranged the restoration: http://www.historickilmun.org A very worthwhile body … and they have put together an excellent Visitor Centre / Exhibition in the church porch too.

  8. Leigh Kinnaird says:

    Just wanted to let everyone know what a treasure Glendaruel Caravan & Camping Park is in terms of accommodation for visitors. Great value, excellent setting, tent sites available in addition to pitches for vans, motorhomes and touring as well as static vans for hire and the site manager is a wealth of knowledge and very helpful. We stayed on a tent pitch and had a great time, recommended it to two separate mates who have a motorhome and a touring van respectively and both also had pleasant stays.

  9. Glennys says:

    I would like to get in touch with the caretaker of the Inverchaolain Church.

    • Gilbert Márkus says:

      Dear Glennys,
      I don’t actually know who the caretaker is. But Mary Lamb, who runs the Lamont Museum in the old manse, next to the church, will know who it is (if she doesn’t actually do the caretaking herself, which is quite possible). You should find her at clanlamontsociety@gmail.com

      Alternately, you could try making contact with the Minister of the parish in which Inverchaolain lies. That is Rev. Aileen Robson – but she’s away on holiday now until October. She is to be found at am65robson@ymail.com

      Good luck.

      Gilbert Márkus

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