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Kilchoman Parish Churchyard
Kilchoman
Argyll and Bute  Scotland

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This early 19th-century church stands in a conspicuous position on a raised beach about 0.9km E of Machir Bay and overlooking the hollow in which the former manse is situated. The dedication was presumably to one of the several Irish (Celtic) saints named Command or Coman who established a church in the north east of the parish.and the existence of two cross-slabs situated respectively 380 m ESE and 330m SW of the church suggests an Early Christian church of some importance. The medieval church, with its dependent chapels at Kilchiaran, Kilnave and Nereabolls served a parish covering the whole of the Rinns. It was an independent parsonage in the gift of the Lords of the Isles, and from the second half of the 14th century onwards the names of many of the parsons and vicars are recorded, often in the context of disputed claims to the benefices. The parish was united with that of Kilarrow from 1618 to 1769, when it again acquired separate parochial status. Little is known of the earlier buildings on the site. A sum was assigned for repairs to the church in 1730, and further minor repairs were undertaken between 1789 and 1791. This building was condemned as unsafe in 1824, and in the following year plans were produced for a new church, which was completed in 1827. At the same time the extensive churchyard was further enlarged.The present building, although still roofed, is itself in a poor state of repair and was last used for worship in 1977. There is a fine Celtic standing cross and a ruined church on the site. In 1899 a new church was built between Port Charlotte and Bruichladdich villages. It is built in the Norman style, to a plan of the famous architect Peter McGregor Chalmers. This church, St Kiarans, is now the parish church. Kilchoman was linked with Portnahaven parish in 1962, and further linked with Kilmeny in 2006.This parish includes the whole of the western section of Islay. The Church of Scotland is the national church in Scotland, established by Act of the Scottish Parliament in 1560 Scotland is divided into units called parishes, which cover the whole of the country. This churchyard contains one war grave of the 1914-1918 war and 15 graves (14 of them unidentified) believed to be seamen from the S.S. Belford, which was wrecked off Smaull, Islay on the 9th February 1916. All are on the West side, and fifteen are commemorated by a tablet placed on the West wall. (text by Geoffrey Gillon)
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