Grave Slabs at Keills

The grave slabs here represented are in the ruined chapel at Keills, Knapdale. Both of them are early and interesting specimens of the class to which they belong. In each case the two-handed sword is obviously a portrait of the real weapon. On the first there appear on one side of the sword a harp, comb, […]

O Rosary That Recalled My Tear

A phaidrín do dhúisg mo dhéar, ionmhain méar do bhitheadh ort: ionmhain cridhe fáilteach fial ’gá raibhe riamh gus a nocht. Dá éag is tuirseach atáim, an lámh má mbítheá gach n-uair, nach cluinim a beith i gclí agus nach bhfaicim í uaim. O rosary that recalled my tear, dear was the finger in my […]

MacMillan’s Cross at Kilmory

  The chapel of Kilmorie, in South Knapdale, has been already referred to as having traditionally been erected by St. Charmaig (Cormac). Its walls are still almost complete, and it is surrounded by a burying-ground. In both the chapel and graveyard are many slabs ornamented with the sword and shears. The cross figured in this […]

Castle Sween

Castle Sween takes its name from Suibhne, who is thought to have built the castle. Suibhne is believed to have been a grandson of Hugh “the Splendid” O’Neill who died in 1047. In the XIII century the Clan MacSween, or descendants of Suibhne, governed lands extending as far north as Loch Awe and as far south as Skipness Castle on Loch Fyne. In the later half […]