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Lords of the Isles 1
The Lords of the Isles, St Orans Abbey, Iona
Photographed by John Duncan of Sketraw 2004

In the graveyard alongside the abbey of St Orans, contains the burials of the early Kings of Scotland, the Lords of the Isles.The earliest surviving building of St Orans Chapel was built by them for their own burials. Iona has an important place in the history of Christianity in Britain. It began when St Columba founded Iona's first abbey soon after his arrival from Ireland in 563. The area enclosed for his monks was later chosen by Reginald, son of Somerled, the Lord of the Isles to build a Benedictine Abbey here in about 1200. The abbey buildings were much altered and repaired until the Reformation and they received a new lease of life in the present century when the abbey church and buildings were repaired and partly reconstructed to welcome a new Christian Community and visitors of many faiths to this remarkable island.

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