The Old 13th century Chapel at Kilkivan, Nr Machrihanish, is a Grade 'B' Listed Building with Historic Scotland
The Chapel and graveyard contains slabs and stones dating back to the 14th century. Including some fine examples of West Highland Gravestones from the 14th & 15th Centuries.
It is a great shame it has been allowed to fall into its current state.
..'In our district the tribal meeting place from very early times would be round the Standing Stone on Kilkivan hill, where can still be seen the outline of Drumfin holding, or Ferm Toun, once owned by the O'May family. This was not a very suitable place for the old, the young or the infirm to hear Kevin, so a site was chosen by the roadside, on the sloping ground, where Kilkivan Church now stands,- convenient, sheltered and picturesque.
We know that these missionaries came and went from 563 A.D. onwards, so we can take it that the foundations sacred to St. Kiaran, St. Columba and St. Kevin are likely to date from round about 600 A.D. It is very unlikely that these places of worship could have had a settled pastor for many years after this, owing to Norse Raids, Pictish wars and internal strife, but would have to depend on missionary visits from Ireland and the Columbian settlement at Iona to carry on religious services.
We note the beautiful ornamental gravestones gathered together near the Eastern gable, but regret that better measures have not yet been taken for their preservation, for wear and weathering have already taken their toll of their original beauty. They were well worth preserving, for Celtic art and workmanship were beautiful significant...'
An extract from Meanders in South Kintyre by James McNeill Published by the Kintyre Antiquarian and Natural History Society.
Other sites with information on Kilkivan:
Scotland's Places - Showing just how much the stones have deteriorated sadly.
The first European settler in Kilkivanshire was John Daniel MacTaggart who established a sheep run in the area east of Boonara in the early 1840s.
Mactaggart named his selection "Kilkivan" after the family farm in the Kintyre region of Scotland.