Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cill Chriosd (Kilchrist)

There is always a sense of sadness when viewing old and decaying structures - places that used to be vibrant and full of life, but either due to violence or neglect are now crumbling by the wayside.  Fortunately historical societies are working to preserve some of these buildings from future degradation, and one can hope that one day they can be fully restored.

One of these buildings is the venerable MacKinnon church at Kilchrist on the Isle of Skye.  Kilchrist comes from the Gaelic Cill Chriosd, meaning Christ's Church, and there are still people today who use the old Gaelic name rather than the current Anglicization.  The Church itself was built in the late 1500s, replacing an earlier medieval structure that had stood there before.

Cill Chriosd as it appeared on a postcard, likely from the early 20th century.

The church was abandoned in the early 1840s, and the congregation moved to the newer parish church in Broadford.  Today if you stop by for a visit, it is not uncommon to see sheep walking in amongst the graves of the churchyard.  For those interested in seeing some more recent pictures, the Wikipedia article on Cill Chriosd has a number of photographs taken this spring by Mike Peel.  The Church is on the MacKinnon map, for those interested in seeing an aerial view, or finding out its exact location.

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