Tomb, St Mary's Chapel, Rothesay 0
Photographer: Annan, Thomas
Medium: Photographic print
"Within the chapel of St Mary of Rothesay, adjoining the Parish Church (supposed to have been erected towards the close of the thirteenth century, and of which a portion of the walls only now stands, the nave having been taken down in 1692, when a new church was built with the materials) there exists two monumental figures recumbent - the one, of a knight in full armour; the other, of a female evidently of high rank, and child...as to the former, popular tradition ascribes it to Sir John Stewart of Bonkil, who fell at the battle of Falkirk, in 1292. Others contend that the statue refers to Sir John Stuart, the first of the family of Bute, who died in 1449; and as a third conjecture, Mr McKinlay, in a letter communicated to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, by Lord Bannatyne, in 1825, concludes, from the absence of Brissure on the Royal Arms, that it has reference to Robert II. or III., preferring the latter....Altogether, the subject is one involved in much difficulty, and...I am unable to see clearly on which side the evidence preponderates."
Text from the book 'History of the County of Bute' by John Eaton Reid