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Mull, Inchkenneth Chapel. View showing recumbent figure of Sir Allan MacLean.

SC 748672

Description Mull, Inchkenneth Chapel. View showing recumbent figure of Sir Allan MacLean.

Date 28/9/1895

Collection Erskine Beveridge

Catalogue Number SC 748672

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AG 1684

Scope and Content Burial Enclosure of the Macleans of Brolas, Inch Kenneth Chapel, Mull, Argyll & Bute The ruins of a 13th-century chapel, which served as a parish church, stand on Inch Kenneth, an islet off the east coast of Mull at the entrance to Loch na Keal. A post-Reformation burial-enclosure, dedicated to the Macleans of Brolas, is built against the south wall of the chapel, and contains a 17th-century full-length effigy of an armed man, and two 18th-century headstones. This photograph of the enclosure was taken by Erskine Beveridge in 1895. The sandstone effigy is 2.18m long, and shows the recumbent figure of an armed man with his head on a cushion and a small dog at his feet. Behind the effigy is a small headstone (left) commemorating Dame Mary Macpherson, Lady MacLean, who died in the 1700s (the precise date is not decipherable). It bears the arms of the Macpherson family, and shows two supporters wearing plumed helmets on either side of a shield bearing a galley with its sail furled. The large headstone on the right commemorates Donald MacLean who died in 1725 'deservedly lamented by all those who knew and understood his virtuous and heroick mind'. The recumbent figure of has long hair that falls in ringlets to the shoulders, and wears a cravat and a knee-length coat, belted at the waist. His sleeves are quilted, and supported by straps at the elbows. He holds a round object (perhaps a cannon-ball) in his right hand, and a shield in his left arm. A sword hangs from his waist-belt, and he has a dirk at his right hip. His dress and equipment include items of widely different dates, some of which are typical of 15th-century effigies in the West Highlands. The long hair and cravat, however, indicate a 17th-century date. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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