Kilmun Parish Church (St.Munn’s)

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.

Argyll Mausoleum

  • 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.

Ancient Gravemarker.

  • Early medieval ‘hogback’, possibly dating from the 9th century.

Hogback Gravemarker.

  • 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.

Inscription on Elizabeth Blackwell memorial

  • 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.
  • The site would have originally been used for worship in the Celtic Church, then Roman Catholic and now Presbyterian.

Kilmun Parish Church

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 from Kilmun

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