Here is the Autumn 2015 newsletter - download here.
CARING FOR KILVICKEON OLD PARISH CHURCH
In 2013 Historic Scotland committed £39,000 to the work of enabling emergency repairs at Kilvickeon.An application was put in at this time for a much larger sum - to continue to stabilize thebuilding, while also funding improvement of the site, and supporting community and educational activities.
A second amount of £87,871 (conditional on the balance of funding by others) to complete the second phase of the consolidation was approved by Historic Scotland in November 2014. Our thanks go to Historic Scotland and also to the Pilgrim Trust for their contribution of £10,000 and for a further donation of £1,000 from The Alan Evans Memorial Trust.
The Directors are very grateful to Krystyna Pytasz of Addison Conservation and Design for guidance, to John Raven of Historic Scotland, and to Rosie Burgess for all her work in applying for grants from a variety of trusts and keeping open channels of communication on this exciting project.
A glimpse of the Gala
A ‘scarecrow’ gave an unusual welcome at the gate of Tigh na Rois in July and August:
‘King Penguin – not normally found in Mull, but lots of other animals and birds are. So do pay us a visit to find out more about the flora and the fauna and the history of the Ross.’
This was our contribution to the first Ross of Mull Gala. The Scarecrow Competition was very successful, and pictures of some of the 50+ entries will need to go into our archives, as a memorable example of community spirit in this part of Mull.
KILVICKEON - SINGING IN THE RAIN
A wet day couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm with which folk gathered to celebrate the stabilising of the ruined church at Kilvickeon, with the Mariota Stone being restored to the place where Mariota was buried within the walls. This iconic grave-slab is housed in a protective chest now; there is no longer danger of stones falling from the walls to damage it – or visitors to the site.
On 28 July there were about 50 present for the annual Gaelic/English service. This was led by the Revd Sean Ankers, from North Mull. Some worshippers, including members of the Gaelic Choir, arrived in style on a trailer, which had been organised by Nigel Burgess, who has had a hands-on involvement in the whole Kilvickeon project.
The building was once again used for worship, with readings, prayer, relevant preaching by Sean Ankers, singing of psalms and Làrach Eaglais, Sorley MacLean’s poem about this ruined church, set to music by Iain Thomson, the ‘Singing Shepherd’. There was then a bring-and-share picnic, with plenty to talk about!
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, we have mounted a new display about the men who went from Mull to fight there - a considerable number, whose names were recorded in a Historic List.
Here is the Spring 2015 newsletter - download here.
Kilvickeon Phase 2
We are now planning the second phase of the Kilvickeon Project. To see the proposal click here.
Here is the latest ROMHC newletter - download here.
Here is the October 2012 ROMHC newletter - download here.
The Return of the Mariota Stone.
During May we celebrated the return of the Mariota Stone to the Ross of Mull, as part of Scotland’s Festival of Museums. The Historical Centre hosted various events during the week beginning 14th May, including a Remembering the Ross Session on the Tuesday, two visits by local school children, a talk and slideshow by the distinguished artist Steve Raw, a visit to Kilvickeon Graveyard led by Anita Tunstall and Sue Reed and a brilliant Ceilidh at the local Community Centre to round off the week. The talk by Stephen Raw, whose exhibition inspired by Kilvickeon toured the country several years ago, was so well supported that we ran out of seats! The centre volunteers enjoyed welcoming more visitors than usual, who were very enthusiastic about the grave-slab and an exhibition of work by the local Brownies, who had explored the nunnery in Iona, a building linked in time and architecture to Kilvickeon.
WHAT IS THE MARIOTA STONE ?
‘Here lies Mariota, daughter of...’ that is all we know of her, but folk who live in the Ross of Mull, where this young woman lived 500 years ago have given a welcome home – not to the person who is still buried in Kilvickeon Old Parish Church, but to her intricately carved grave-slab. It was returned to Mull in May, after skilful restoration by Historic Scotland stone conservators and will be on display for a few weeks in Tigh na Rois, the Ross of Mull Historical Centre in Bunessan, before being moved to Kilvickeon burial ground in July. It is to be housed in a new purpose-built shelter, an initiative of Historic Scotland and the Historical Centre. It is perhaps the oldest of a number of impressive table tombs and headstones in the churchyard.
Adapted from an article by Jan Sutch Pickard
A call for volunteers.
Our local monthly magazine has printed a plea for volunteers to come forward to help at the Centre during the 2012 season. Anyone who can regularly spare a few hours who enjoys meeting people would be welcome. Full training will be provided. Please contact Brik, John or one of the Directors if you can assist.
Here is the November 2011 ROMHC newletter - download here.
Graveyard and Township Survey.
Ionad Eachdraidh an Rois Mhuilich are currently working on a project to survey and record the four main Burial Grounds on The Ross. These are at Kilpatrick, Suie, Kilvickeon and Fionnphort. The first two are complete, Kilvickeon is nearing completion and we aim to have the final Graveyard at Fionnphort recorded by Spring 2010. A booklet is being produced for each site and will be on sale at the Centre.
We are also undertaking a significant survey of the township and farms in the Kilpatrick area, which has produced some wonderful finds spanning a period from early human occupation through to 19th Century building remains. A full booklet will be produced and guided walks of the area will take place throughout the spring and summer.
Meanwhile work continues at the Centre welcoming visitors, undertaking genealogical research and continuing to scan and catalogue new documents and photographs which have been generously donated.
The graveyard and township survey project is being funded through HLF Your Heritage and Argyll and the Islands Leader programme and is due to finish in August 2010.