St Conan's Kirk

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St Conan's Kirk (View From Road)

St Conan’s Kirk, Church of Scotland,[1] is located in the parish of Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is situated on a crag high above the water amid vegetation which includes roses, honeysuckle, and ivy, and is surrounded by large trees. It was established as a chapel of ease[2] by the Campbells of Innis Chonan.[1] St Conan's Tower is 0.5 miles (0.80 km) away.[3] The church is protected as a category A listed building.[4]

It is renowned for the fragment of bone that is rumoured to have come from Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland.

Architecture and fittings[edit]

It was designed by the self-made architect Walter Douglas Campbell, and built in 1881-6; with renovation in 1906.[5] The heavy oak beams in the cloister are believed to have come from the (then) recently broken up wooden battleships, HMS Caledonia and HMS Duke of Wellington.[6] An eccentric blend of church styles, from ancient Roman to Norman,[7] it is built of local stone. It consists of a nave and chancel, with the chancel-stalls being canopied. Large, unsmoothed boulders of granite from nearby Ben Cruachan, form the piers which carry the chancel arch, and the transepts make the Sacred Cross. There is also a tower and spire.[8]

Fittings include a small organ. One old window from South Leith Parish Church was re-used at St Conan's.[9]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Murray, John (1906). Handbook for travellers in Scotland (Public domain ed.). E. Stanford. pp. 193–. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  2. ^ Groome, Francis Hindes (1884). Ordnance gazetteer of Scotland: a survey of Scottish topography, statistical, biographical and historical (Public domain ed.). T. C. Jack. pp. 532–. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  3. ^ Boyd, Andrew Kennedy Hutchison (1896). The last years of St. Andrews: September 1890 to September 1895 (Public domain ed.). Longmans, Green, and co. pp. 166–. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  4. ^ "St Conan's Church of Scotland: Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  5. ^ Glendinning, Miles; MacInnes, Ranald; MacKechnie, Aonghus (1996). A history of Scottish architecture: from the Renaissance to the present day. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 559–. ISBN 978-0-7486-0849-2. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  6. ^ HMS Caledonia - the Royal Naval Engineering School - a short history" by Lieutenants KP Hunter & RJ Rogers, RN:
  7. ^ Miers, Richenda (1 September 2006). Scotland's highlands & islands. New Holland Publishers. pp. 87–. ISBN 978-1-86011-340-6. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  8. ^ The Building news and engineering journal (Public domain ed.). 1883. pp. 690–. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  9. ^ South Leith Records Second Series, (Leith, 1925), 290

Coordinates: 56°23′43″N 5°03′14″W / 56.3953°N 5.054°W / 56.3953; -5.054

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