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Interior. View from SW. Digital image of IN 449

SC 793759

Description Interior. View from SW. Digital image of IN 449

Catalogue Number SC 793759

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of IN 449

Scope and Content Interior of St Clement's Church, Rodel, Harris, Western Isles, from south-west To the left is the south wall of the church. In the centre of the image, leading to the south transept, is a pointed arch which is constructed from imported green Triassic sandstone from Mull. The arch has three orders which are interspersed with fillets. Part of the braced kingpost roof which dates to 1873 is visible. To the left is the tomb of the founder of the church, Alasdair Crotach MacLeod (1498-1547). An effigy of a knight wearing plate armour lies on a tomb-chest, which is set into a round-arched tomb recess. There are many decorated panels, which may originally have been painted. To the right is the tomb of William MacLeod of Duvegan and Harris, which is inscribed with the date 1539. It too has an effigy of a knight lying on a tomb-chest. Lewis and Harris are both parts of the same island, collectively known as 'the Long Island', which is the most northerly in the Outer Hebrides. Together they are about 95km in length and around 32km at the widest point. Most of Lewis is quite low-lying, whereas Harris is mountainous. Rodel, or Roghadel, comes from the Old Norse and means 'Red Dale'. The local soil is unlike that in the rest of Harris, being red in colour and very fertile. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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