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Dihaoine, 22/Nov/2013

Friday Islay Picture #305 - Donald MacGill-uisbeag's graveslab

Friday Islay Picture in stencil

The weekend has arrived, I've got a wee dram of Laphroaig and some nice dark chocolate next to me. While I enjoy them I'm going to post this week's Friday Islay picture. Those who follow the Islay Pictures photoblog might have noticed that I'm currently posting a series of Finlaggan pictures there, something I'll do here as well today:

Picture of an ancient graveslab of a man in Highland armour

This is the graveslab of Donald MacGill-uisbeag (MacIllaspy) in his Highland armour. He held Finlaggan in the mid 1500's. It can be found in the chapel at Finlaggan, although you won't be able to see it like this any more.

I took this picture back in summer 2000, a year or two later some glass pane covers were installed to at least to an extent protect them from the harsh environment on Islay. That way they could remain at Finlaggan, even though it slightly takes away from the experience of seeing them. Still, that way people will hopefully be able to enjoy them for many generations to come.

At the feet of Donald you can see a galley/birlinn, something I wrote about back in 2007 in the Birlinns and Islay entry. Fascinating to think that these ships once ruled the waves not only around Islay, but most of Scotland.

I'll leave it at that for tonight, time to get to bed for me. I'll post the larger version on the Islay Pictures photoblog on Saturday morning. Good night for now.

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