Friends of Kilfinan Parish Church

Kilfinan Stones

These are just a few of the stones which date from the 9th to the 18th century


Extract of report by the Conservation Centre
of Historic Scotland

1. MEDIEVAL GRAVESLAB, in schist. The surface is very worn with little decoration evident.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 4 hours.

2. MEDIEVAL GRAVESLAB, in schist with sword design and bevelled edge.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 3 hours.

3. EARLY CHRISTIAN CROSS-SLAB, in schist, broken into two pieces.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 7 hours.

4. MODERN WALL PLAQUE, in white marble to: John Lamont of Lamont, died 1929.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 1 hour.

5. VICTORIAN WALL PLAQUE, in white marble to Archibald James Lamont of Lamont, died 1862 and others up to 1893.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 2 hours.

6. SMALL SLAB OR FRAGMENT, in schist.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 3 hours.

7. MEDIEVAL GRAVESLAB, in schist. It has a sword on its face and a pointed top to the slab Hours of direct conservation work required - 4 hours.

8. POST REFORMATION MURAL MONUMENT (THE LAMONT MONUMENT), in sandstone to: Archibald Lamont of that ilk, died 1712. It is constructed in nine separate pieces.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 50 hours.

9. GEORGIAN WALL PLAQUE, in white marble to:Archibald Lamont of Lamont, died 1767 and his wife, died 1801. The plaque is surrounded by four marble frame mouldings.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 1 hour.

10. MEDIEVAL GRAVESLAB, in schist. Very worn surface with bevelled edges. Broken horizontally across about 2/3 of the way up the slab
Hours of direct conservation work required - 12 hours.

11. MEDIEVAL GRAVESLAB, in schist decorated with an armed figure in a gabled niche.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 4 hours.

12. MEDIEVAL GRAVESLAB in schist with a bevelled and decorated with a sword. Hours of direct conservation work required - 4 hours.

13. MEDIEVAL GRAVESLAB, in schist - very worn surface. Hours of direct conservation work required - 4 hours.

14. LARGE SLAB, in schist, with very worn/plain surface Hours of direct conservation work required - 10 hours.

15. MEDIEVAL GRAVESLAB, in schist with very worn surface bearing remains of a figure ina gabled niche similar to that on no.11. The slab is broken horizontally about halfway up.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 8 hours.

16. GEORGIAN WALL PLAQUE, in white marble to: John Gordon, Esq., died 1794. it is surrounded by four limewashed sandstone frame mouldings.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 2 hours.

17. WALL PLAQUE, in white marble to; Barbara Lamont (undated).
It is surmounted by four dark grey marble frame mouldings. Hours of direct conservation work required - 1 hour.

18. RIGHT HAND SIDE OF A PANEL, with curving swirl. Probably another part of the Lamont Monument judging by the similarity of stone type , decorative style and pigment traces, the colours apparent being white, black, green and red.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 2 hours.

19. EARLY CHRISTIAN SLAB, in schist, decorated with an incised Latin cross.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 1 hour.

20. MEDIEVAL GRAVESLAB, in schist with interlace decoration.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 1 hour.

21. POST REFORMATION GRAVESLAB, in sandstone to: Jean Urry, died 1706.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 3 hours.

22. MEDIEVAL GRAVESLAB, in schist, decorated with nail head ornament and a panel of plant scroll.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 1 hour.

23. EARLY CHRISTIAN CROSS SLAB, in schist with decorated cross and Celtic interlace design.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 2 hours.

24. MEDIEVAL CROSS FRAGMENTS, in schist. The pieces consist of the partial cross head (minus one arm) and three pieces of the highly decorated cross shaft.
Hours of direct conservation work required - 40 hours.

The total cost of the restoration work on the Kilfinan Stones was estimated at £6653.21 but before any of this could be done it was deemed  necessary to restore the steps, floor and walls of the Lamont Vault  to provide a safe environment for their proper display.  This was partly done as part of restoration of the main building completed in 2004.

Earlier this year we had obtained enough funding to proceed with the restoration and improvement of the vault to properly  display the Stones.  ( For details see the Lamont Vault page and/or the News page   

As the Stones have been removed to allow for the work to take place viewing has been suspended until completion.

The Secretary, Margaret Sutherland, Drum Cottage, Kilfinan.
Tel:01700 821207
E-mail: suthmargt@aol.com  


23.	EARLY CHRISTIAN CROSS SLAB, in schist
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