COLONSAY CHURCHES - History & Resources


From this page, links will lead you to some notes about the pre-reformation history of the parish, and also to important resources that will assist anybody pursuing genealogical research.

Pre-reformation History

It is believed that Christianity came to Colonsay at an early late, with the foundations having been laid by St. Odhran and St. Catan. At a slightly later date, St. Columba himself came to Colonsay (which was known then as "Hinba" or "inlet island") and used it as a spiritual retreat upon his main supply line connecting his base at Derry with his forward position at Iona. The Life of St Columba was written by a successor in Iona, St. Adomnan, and is available in an annotated translation by Richard Sharpe (Adomnan of Iona - Life of St. Columba, Penguin Classics). There is a very detailed tradition of St. Columba's arrival that survives in Colonsay and which chimes rather neatly with the "Life"; an outline is included in the article about Colonsay's early saints (below).

The early saints of Colonsay

The pre-reformation churches of Colonsay (article in preparation).

Post-reformation History

"Am Fear Mitchell" - Colonsay's late 17th c. priest (article in preparation).

Colonsay Parish Church - a brief description of the building and its history

Remembrance Day and the symbolism of the Poppy


Other Resources

To follow. In the meantime, use and scroll down to Colonsay Baptisms and Colonsay Family History


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