St Munns Church, Kilmun, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on St Munn’s Church, a rich historical and ecclesiastic site in Kilmun, Argyll, Scotland.

Key facts and information:

  • A Christian community on the site was founded by Fintan Munnu from Ireland around AD 600.
  • Munnu died in AD 635 and was later canonised.The site continued as an important sacred place with patronage from the local Campbell clan.
  • Attached to the church is the Argyll Mausoleum which houses the bodies of nearly all the chiefs of Clan Campbell who died between 1453 and 1949.
  • The church burial ground contains many ancient and interesting grave-markers including:
    • An 8th century slab which bears a sunken Latin cross with slightly curved shaft.
    • Early medieval ‘hogback’, possibly dating from the 9th century.
    • Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman of modern times to graduate in medicine (1849) and the first to be placed on the British Medical Register (1859). She made frequent visits to Kilmun.
  • Inscribed stones from the 1600s onwards, many with interesting stories.
  • The ancient tower (now detached from the church) is in poor state of repair but otherwise the site is in excellent condition and contains information boards to assist visitors’ understanding.

Kilmun is located close to the Firth of Clyde, near Dunoon in the west of Scotland. Travelling time (car) from central Glasgow is about two hours which includes a short ferry trip from Gourock.

Firth of Clyde, Scotland

Video clip of the Argyll Mausoleum, St Munns Church, Kilmun.

Elizabeth Blackwell Memorial at St Munns Church Burial Ground

Inside St Munns Church, Kilmun, Scotland

8th century grave-slab at St Munns Burial Ground, Scotland

Early medieval ‘hogback’ grave-marker

Campbell effigies in Argyll Mausoleum, Kilmun, Scotland

Argyll Mausoleum and St Munns Church, Kilmun, Scotland

Douglas Vault, St Munns Church Burial Ground, Scotland

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