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Kilmartin Parish Church
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Kilmartin Parish Church, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.
Kilmartin Parish Church is a congregation of the Church of Scotland. The present church building was designed by architect James Gordon Davis and opened in 1835, though there had been earlier churches on the site. The churchyard has an important collection of early Christian and medieval carved stones, known as the Kilmartin Stones, dating between the 14th and early 16th centuries. Many are marked by figures of warriors in contemporary dress with spears and swords, along with figures of fantastic animals, foliage and interlace patterns. None are inscribed, so the identities of the persons commemorated are unknown. The swords shown on many of the stones refer to warrior status, and have no connection with the Templars or other medieval military orders, as is sometimes suggested.
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November 9th, 2012
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