Photographer: Wilson, George Washington (1823-93)
Medium: Photographic print
“It would be difficult to imagine a voyage of more interest, - whether we regard natural beauty, poetical imagery, or the intellectual attractions of a sacred antiquity, - than to the venerable ruins of Iona, once the Christian school which diffused its cheering light over the barbarous tribes, not only of Great Britain, but of the European continent. We there tread the ground hallowed by the footsteps of those British apostles who resisted the haughty spirit of Rome, and planted the pure doctrines of the cross in England, France, Germany, Switzerland, and even Italy. Columb and Columbanus, Gallus and Aidan, and others, who, pursuing the same work as their countrymen, Virgilius, Albin, Erigena, Clement, Donatus, etc., spread the independent Christian truth far and wide in the face of domineering Rome.”
Excerpt from “Iona, or Icolmkill”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain’ by William and Mary Howitt.