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Monastery in Oronsay

Monastery in Oronsay

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1775

Shelfmark: Vol. 49

Item number: 38.2

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of a priory in Oronsay, a small island off the coast of Colonsay in Scotland. The Abbey building, seen in ruin in this watercolour, was built in the 14th century by John MacDonald, Lord of the Isles, however the priory itself is thought to date from the 7th century when St Columba stayed here before moving on to the island of Iona to establish an Abbey there. The Oronsay Cross can be seen to the left of the watercolour, this Celtic monument was actually carved by highly skilled masons on the island of Iona. Both the cross and the abbey are very well preserved, this is because they managed to avoid destruction during the Reformation and because local residents have cared for the site for hundreds of years.

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