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This effigy of a warrior is shown in an unusual pose drawing his sword. His feet rest on a hound, with an Angel at each shoulder. A Latin inscription on the pillow translates '...of Lachan….and Mael- Sechlainn O'Cuinn, mason, fashioned it'. It is possible this is the grave of Lachan MacLean. The same carver signed a fine cross at Oransay Priory in the late 1400s. One of a group of later monuments with swirling leaves, mainly found in Islay and Kintyre.

Originally from the Reilig Odráin burial ground near Iona Abbey. This was a favoured burial place near the remains of saints where monks would say prayers for the souls of the dead.

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Date Made
14th century-15th century
Dimensions
l 2150mm (l 84 5/8")
Time Period
Medieval
Property Information
Iona Abbey
Object Number
IONA211
Access Status
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