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Kilmartin Parish Church

Site/Artefact
Kilmartin Parish Church

Type
Parish Church (in use), graveyard & carved stones

Site Number

National Grid Reference
1834 East
6988 North

Map ( 1:25000)
Ordnance Survey Explorer No 358

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Description
Kilmartin church, on a gravel terrace on Kilmartin Valley's east side, overlooks several prehistoric monuments. It was built in 1834-5 to replace a church of 1798. A vicar of Kilmartin is mentioned as early as 1304. The church and grounds contain a fine collection of Medieval graveslabs.

Though most of the large collection of carved stones are later medieval, there are three Early Christian carvings here in the churchyard, and a finely decorated cross in the church, probably from the 9th or 10th century

The modern church and the ancient graveyard dominate the raised terrace on which the village of Kilmartin has developed. The Bronze age Glebe cairn is visible above and to the left of the church. Kilmartin House museum is the white former manse building behind the church.

It is unusual in Argyll to have a church dedicated to a saint who is neither biblical (Mary or Michael) nor Gaelic (Columba, Bridget etc.). However, the dedication to Martin reflects an early medieval devotion to this saint from Tours in France, widespread in the Gaidhealtachd. The seventh century Life of Columba describes how Martin's name was mentioned in the mass on Iona; and several early medieval Gaelic prayers mention him.

Crosses appear in many contexts, but the Christian cemetery was the most common context of occurrence

Access/Ownership
The church and carved stones within the graveyard have free access all year.

References

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Mid-Argyll Sites and Artefacts

 1. Kilmory Oib
 2. Druim an Dúin
 3. Duntroon
 4. Dún Ardifur 1
 5. Eilean Rígh 1
 6. Dún Chonaillach
 7. Loch Awe Crannogs
 8. Torran Hoard
 9. Dún na Nighinne
10. Kilmartin Parish Church
11. Temple Wood Stone Circles
12. Ogham stone, Poltalloch
13. Barnakil Cross
14. Kilbride Chapel
15. Kilbride Crosses
16. Dunadd Fort
17. In Nomine disk
18. Brooch Moulds
19. Dunadd cross-marked quern
20. Loch Glashan Crannog
21. Glebe Cairn

22. Nether Largie North
23. Nether Largie Mid
24. Nether Largie South
25. Ri Cruin
26. Nether Largie
27. Ballymeanoch - Stones
28. Ballymeanoch - Henge
29. Ballymeanoch - Cairn
30. Dunchragaig
31. Baluachraig
32. Carnassarie Castle
33. BallymeanocH - Barrow
34. Dun Mac Samhainn
35. Glenmoine, Upper Largie
36. Creag a' Mhadaidh
37. Carnassarie - Round Cairn
38. Carnasserie - Standing Stones
39. Carnasserie - Cist
40. Carnasserie Cottage
41. Upper Largie - Cist
42. Upper Largie - Rock Carvings

43. Nether Largie
44. Poltalloch - Cist
45. Poltalloch - cists
46. Bruach an Druimein
47. Dunchraigaig - Dun
48. Poltalloch - Round Cairn
49. Rownfield - Cist
50. Ballymeanoch - Cist
51. Poltalloch - Cists
52. Ballymeanoch - Dun
53. Dunadd - Standing Stones
54. Dunadd - Standing Stone
55. Baile Mor - Dun
56. Anaskeog - Rock Carvings
57. Bariole
58. Rhudil - Round Cairn 1
59. Rhudil - Round Cairn 2
60. Kilmartin Castle
61. Slockavullin
62. Rowanfield - Standing Stone
63. Poltalloch - Cremation

 

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