Cast of a grave slab

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From Finlaggan, Islay, Inner Hebrides

Postcard of Cast of a grave slab.
© National Museums Scotland

Cast of a grave slab

This is a fibreglass cast of a graveslab from Finlaggan on Islay in the Inner Hebrides. The slab dates from the mid 16th century.

The slab bears a low relief effigy of Donald MacGill'easbuig, crown tenant of Finlaggan. He is depicted in West Highland armour carrying a sword. Below is a galley. The slab implies his status as a mercenary leader in the wars in Ireland.

Carved stone graveslabs are found throughout the West Highlands, commissioned as memorials to important or influential people. The carvers of these stones were local craftsmen, although they may have travelled around the Highlands and Islands.

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Online ID: 000-100-046-134-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1992.15
Date: Mid 16th century
Material: Fibre glass
Dimensions: 1870 mm L
What: Grave slab / cast
Who: Donald McIllaspy
National Museums of Scotland, Scotland (Maker)
Scotland, Argyll, Islay, Finlaggan
Description: Fibre glass cast of a grave slab possibly made for Donald McIllaspy who held the lands of Finlaggan in 1541, made by the National Museums of Scotland
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