Skipness Monumental Inscriptions
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Skipness Monumental Inscriptions
From Kilbrannan Chapel
(also know as St. Brendan's and Skipness Chapel)
St. Brendan's chapel is of late 13th or early 14 century date, built down by the shore to replace the earlier 12 century chapel whose walls were incoporated into the extension of Skipness Castle from a hall house with separate chapel into a castle of enceinte. The burial ground, which is still in use, contains marker stones, late mediaeval grave slabs (three under protective covers) and many 18th and early 19th century stones, a number with the symbols of mortality, some with the symbols of the deceased's trade. Map ref. NR910575
Erected by Ronald McALESTER to the memory of John McALESTER his brother who was drowned of TARBERT on the [?6th] day of October 1838 aged 22 years. Also Malcom McALESTER who departed this life on the 12th Feb 1826 aged 1 year.
This is the burial place of John HILL tenant in SKIPNESS and Mary [?HEMAN]
his spouse 1732
Erected to the memory of Robert MACALISTER late farmer in ORAGAIG who died the 1st Octr 1813 aged 76 years. Also his spouse Christy TAYLOR who died the 4th June 1819 aged 73 years
This stone is erected in memory of Samul McALESTERs family leat Tennent in LAGGAN by Hector McALISTER his son and the place intended for his heirs 1809.
Erected by Archibald HILL, hammersman in memory of his spouse Mary TAYLOR
who departed this life 25 June 1772 aged 32 years
Here lies Elizh CROOKSHANK spouse to Dugald WIER, skipper at GREENOCK who died the 24th of FEb 1716 aged 24 year.
Erected by Marion THOMSON to the memory of Dugald HYNDMAN her son who
departed this life on the 10th of April 1829 aged 28 years. Also her husband
William HYNDMAN late tenant at COLPHIN who was drowned on the 18th Sept 1833
aged 64 years
Sacred to the memory of James HYNDMAN late farmer at CULENTRACH who depated this life on the 7th day of March 1838 aged 71 years and his spouse Christina THOMSON
who departed this life the 10th day of Octr 1859 aged 87 years. It is designed to commemorate the death of their son Alexander HYNDMAN who was drowned near CAPE WRATH on the 1st Jany 1833 aged 33 years Appropriated by Peter HYNDMAN
Erected by Archibald McCALLUM farmer in STRONE in memory of his spouse Christy McCALLUM who departed this life the 27th Janry 1814 aged 42 years. Also his son Donald McALLUM who died the 2nd day of May 1815 aged 21 years. He died himself the 6th of November 181[?9] aged 55 years. In memory of the father By his son Duncan McALLUM
Erected to the memory of James WILSON late farmer at CULINDRICH who died on the 3rd of July 1861 aged 86 years and his spouse Elizabeth THOMSON who departed this life on the 22nd day of Febr 1833 aged 50 years.
In memory of William COOK tacksman at CLONAIG who died 26th March 1765 aged 32 years. Erected by his spouse Mary TAYLOR. Also Archibald COOK son of the above who died in 1792 aged 25 years
William COOK late joiner at SKIPNESS who departed this life on the 24th of March 1854 aged 65 years.
In memory of their father Archibald COOK shoemaker who died at GREENOCK Nov 1 1833 aged 41 years. Also their mother Isabella McLEAN who died at GREENOCK Sep 13 1848 aged 55 years and their four brothers Archd Willm Archd and John who died in infancy.
Erected by Duncan COOK and Catharine DUNCAN his spouse in memory of their loving children Euphan COOK their daughter who departed this life Decr 30th 1812 aged 14 years. Also Walter COOK aged 25 years and Alexander COOK aged 18 years who both departed their lives upon the 20th Octr 1821 at SKIPNESS POINT
This is the burial place of Malcom McMILLAN and Mary McFARLAN in Clonaig. 1777.
Archibald JOHNSTON sailer Agnes McMILEN his spows. [ no dates but 1721, initials and symbols are on the back].
Erected by Marrion McDOUGALD in memory of her loving father Duncan McDOUGALD in CLONAIG who died May 1757 aged 75 years.
Here lies the Corpes of Donald McQUILKAN son to Duncan McQUILKAN tennent in SPARRONSIGE who died 16st day of May 1787 in the 27 year of his age.
Erected by Cathrine TAYLOR in CLONAIG in memory of her loving husband John
McARTHUR who departed this life 12 Decr 1813 aged 47 years.
This is the burial place of Archibald McILMICHEL in Colfin and Kathren McCUAIG his spous. July 1734.
1814 Erected by Duncan CARMICHAEL and Mary McMURCHY his spouse in memory of their son Neil CARMICHAEL who departed this life in CARRADALE BAY upon the 23rd Sept 1808 aged 18 years.
Erected by Flory CARMICHAEL in memory of her loving husband Malcom CURRIE tennent in CROSSAIG who died Agust 1735 aged 55 years and the place intended for the family
This is erected by Donald HAYMAND taylor in COLPHEN and Cathrine TAYLOR his spouse. [tailor's insignia on back]. [(caption about headstone: The tombstone of Donald KAYMAND, tailor in Colphen, and his wife Cathrine TAYLOR. It is dated 1727, and shows the tailor's "goose" (iron) and pair of scissors. Above is the conventional winged head, and below two of the symbols of mortality, the crossed bones and the skull.]
Sacred to the memory of Donald REID late tenant SOUTH CAOLPHIN died 10 October 1847 aged 57. His spouse Catherine McMILLAN died 24 October 1847 aged 51 and their three children who died in infancy.
Here lies the body of Mary RIED spouse to Angus McMILLAN workman at COUR who died Feb 1793 aged 29.
Erected by their family to the memory of John TAYLOR late tenant at CLONAIG who died the 21st March 1823 aged 73 years. Also of his spouse Barbra MACCALLUM who died the 20th Sep 1823 aged 65 years.
Appropriated by Malcom BROWN in memory of his father Angus BROWN who dwelt at SKIPNESS and died the 21st Feb 1816 aged 48 years. The appropriator was drowned off GREENOCK the 10th March 1824 aged 25 years.
Here lie the Bodies John TAYLOR late Farmer in ORAGAIG who Departed this life the 9th Jany 1791 aged 70
This is the burial place of Duncan TAYLOR tennant in CLONAIG and his wife Rachel TAYLOR Jany the 22, 1769.
Erected by John THOMSON in memory of his son Duncan THOMSON late tenant at CLONAIG who died 8th Decr 1766 aged 27 years.
Erected by Dugald MACTAVISH, smith at SKIPNESS and Catherine CAMPBELL his
spouse in memory of his father Edward McTAVISH late smith at Skipness who was a
charitable and respected man who died July 1801 aged 71 years; also Flora
CURRIE his mother who died Nov 1823 aged 84 also of their children
Archd, Betty and Ann This stone marks the family burying place.
Erected by William MACCALLUM tenant at CLONAIG and Sarah MACKINNON his spouse in memory of their son Willm who died the 10th Feb 1824 aged 22 years.
Here lies an honest christian William FERREOR gardener in SKIPNESS and the place appointed for his wife Anna ... and her son ... who died September 1731.
Erected by Donald McKINVIN tennant in ORAGAIG in memory of his loving spouse
Flora TAYLOR who departed this life October 18th 1812 aged 41 years
Here lies the corps of Angus McKINNIN who lived in SRON died Nov 3d 1739 aged 66 [on reverse a four-horse team] [(caption about headstone: The Tombstone of Angus McKINNIN in Sron who died in 1793. It shows a four-hose plough team, one man guiding the plough, another leading the horses. Above is the conventional winged head, representing the soul. The green foliage frame may be purely decorative, or a symbol of life after death.]
1824 Erected by Duncan McDUGALD and his spouse Christa McARTHUR
in memory of their son Alexander McDUGALD who died December 1821 aged 9 years.
To the memory of Mary McLELLAN wife of Donald McVICAR Innkeeper of SKIPNESS who died 29 April 1833 aged 59 years.
Erected by Robert LUSK in memory of his father William LUSK and mother Ann TAYLOR who both died August 15th his father aged 50 years his mother [?36] And the place intended for the family
1816 Erected by Walter TENNANT mason SKIPNESS and Ann CURRIE his spouse in memory of their lafull daughter Ann TENNANT who died Febr 10th 1809 aged 28 years Also their daughter Nelly TENNANT who died 7th March 1814 aged 21 years.
Erected by Alexr THOMSON tailor at SKIPNESS in memory of his wife Ann MURRAY who died 8th June 1832 aged 44 years.
Erected by Janet MACNAB in memory of her husband Hugh MACPHERSON late tenant at COUR who departed this life the 20th April 1827 aged 72 years
Erected by Gilbert MACPHAIL ship carpenter in memory of his father Alexander
MACPHAIL late ship carpenter in SKIPNESS who died the 19th day of July 1809 aged 68 years This place is also designed for the family.
Sacred to the memory of Margaret McPHAIL wife of Richard CALESS who died 9th March 1845 aged 23 years and their daughter Martha died in infancy
Erected by Donald McTAVISH in AUCHMENNACH in memory of his loving spouse Mary McTAVISH who departed this life January 16th 1812 aged 47 years.
Erected by Colin GRAHAM late tacksman of ESCART in memory of his son Walter who died 16th May 1828 aged 36 years Also of his wife Jean McDONALD who died 14th March 1837 aged 76 years.
Erected by Alexander GLEN tenant in NORTH COLPEIN in memory of his daughter Ann who died 30th Octr 1843 aged 9 years and 3 months
Erected by Thomas GLEN mason in memory of his daughter Janet GLEN who died the 7th March 1820 aged 4 months and his son Archibald GLEN who died the 25th Jany 1828 aged 11 months and 25 days.
Erected to the memory of Archibald THOMSON late tenant at SOUTH COLPHIN who
died 11th June 1826 aged 32 years and Mary THOMSON his lawful daughter who died
22nd June 1824 aged 18 months. By Mary TAYLOR his loving spouse.
Erected by Duncan STALKER merchant TARBERT and Julia CAMPBELL his spouse in memory of their first-born who died in her infancy and of three infants who died in the years 1838, 39 and 40.
John McBRIDE farmer ORGAIG died 17th Jan 1847 aged 63 and his daughter Catherine
died 1838 aged 6 months.
Erected by Mary TAYLOR in memory of her husband Alexr CAMPBELL late tenant in CLONAIGE who died August 28th 1795 aged 30 years.
This is the burying place of John THOMSON tacksman of CREGAN and spouse Elspey THOMSON, anno domo 1787
Erected by Lauchlan CAMPBELL sheep herd PORTVAICH to the memory of Archibald CAMPBELL his son who departed this life on the 4th day of Augst 1838 aged 23 years.
Erected by Duncan McMILLAN and Marion THOMSON in memory of Katherine McMILLAN there daughter who died July 20 1798 aged 21 years.
Erected by Mary THOMSON in memory of Neil STALKER her husband late farmer in CLONIG who died 22nd September 1838 aged 29 years and of Mary their daughter who died in infancy.
Here lyes James McMILLAN in TENGANTAVIL who died May 1753 aged 55 and this is the place designed for Christean MUNROE his spouse. Here lyes Alex McMILLAN