The Island of Iona
 
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Iona

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Iona, a mere 5.5km long by 2 km wide, has long been famed as Scotland's "Holy Island" as it was here, in 563 AD, that St Columba landed and founded a monastery with the intention of bringing Christianity to the northern Picts.   The mission prospered, with Columba's influence no doubt being strengthened by the fact that he had royal connections.  After Columba's death the island and monastery fairly frequently fell prey to invading Vikings, but in spite of this the community continued to grow in strength and the island became known as a holy place of pilgrimage.  It was also established as a royal burial place -  some 48 Scottish, 8 Norwegian and 4 Irish kings are interred there, including MacBeth and his victim Duncan.

The earliest parts of the world-famous Abbey date back to the early 13th century when a Benedictine monastery was established on the island by Reginald, Lord of the Isles.  Although much building took place in the 15th century, the Abbey subsequently fell into ruin during the Reformation, and its meticulous restoration has taken place virtually throughout the 20th century.

The Mearnscraft map of Iona includes the Abbey, three other buildings, the island ferry, place names, outlying islands, and St. John's Cross. One of our smaller maps with a stitch count of 108 x 118, the kit includes 15 colours and its stitched area on the supplied 27-count evenweave material measures 8 8 inches (200 220 mm). The Iona Goose symbol is reproduced by kind permission of the Iona Community.

Kit 11.75 UK pounds
Chartpack   5.90 UK pounds

 

Because it is so relevant to Iona, we've also included on this page
A Prayer from Iona

Available only from ourselves and the Abbey Shop on Iona, this kit has a four-colour Celtic knotwork border surrounding the words of the Prayer:

"Holy Spirit of God, brooding over Iona's wild restless waters, laughing with the wind's fury or gentle touch,
rising with the sun and settling amidst the stars -
Be present here among us".

The Wild Goose illustrated in the kit is a Celtic symbol of the Holy Spirit, and serves as the logo of The Iona Community. It is a copyright design and is used in this kit by kind permission of The Iona Community

The kit measures 6 x 8 inches (150 x 210 mm) when stitched and is supplied with 27-count Zweigart Linda evenweave material.

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Price:
10.95 UK pounds


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