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Maclean of Coll Burial Place

A Category B Listed Building in Oban South and the Isles, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.5763 / 56°34'34"N

Longitude: -6.6442 / 6°38'39"W

OS Eastings: 114886

OS Northings: 752358

OS Grid: NM148523

Mapcode National: GBR 9CZB.HFZ

Mapcode Global: WGX9M.XY7Y

Entry Name: Maclean of Coll Burial Place

Listing Date: 20 July 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 335991

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB4710

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Coll

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Parish: Coll

Traditional County: Argyllshire

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Description

1835. Square-plan burial enclosure with prominent 3-bay N fa├žade flanked by tall cruciform-plan ashlar corner towers with carved crucifixes. Pointed-arch entrance and smaller flanking blind arches linked by hoodmould. Stepped parapets to front and rear elevations; three carved sandstone strip details to side elevations and cruciform detail to rear. Rubble walls with sandstone dressings. Battered base course to towers; moulded parapet eaves course to principal elevation and towers; flat copes to wallheads. Margined quoins. Plain wrought-iron gate lying to interior.

Statement of Interest

The Maclean Burial Place is a well-proportioned memorial with some fine gothic style detailing, of good quality for its date and largely in its original condition. The enclosure is surprisingly ornate for its building type and remote location. The walls are in rubble with vertical sandstone insert details depicting circles and crosses; the rubble is presumed to have been harled when first constructed. The prominent corner towers, pediment and doorpiece are in finely tooled ashlar.

The building is remotely sited on a promontory to the SW of the Breachacha Castles, the former seat of the Macleans of Coll, to which it is directly related (see separate listings).

The burial place was commissioned by Alexander Maclean, 15th of Coll in 1835 on the death of his wife. He, his wife and a family friend were all interred here. When built there was a stone sarcophagus to the centre and an inscribed marble slab on the wall. Remnants of 8 stone finials survive misplaced to the interior and may have originated from either the wallhead or the sarcophagus.

The surrounds of the plaque with marble shell detail remain to the rear wall and a large marble plaque lies face down within the enclosure.

List description Revised 2008.

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