Baile Mhaodain

Ardchattan Priory


St Modans Kirk


From 1948 to the 1973 church opening there were efforts by missionary priests and lay brothers to serve the Catholics on Mull. The Redemptorist priests from Perth were based at Letterwalden, near Benderloch, and they celebrated Mass in the living rooms of the three or four Catholic families they found here. They kitted out a small green van with sleeping bags and toured the island, in their words, “looking for souls “. Their visits ceased in 1955.1


Rhugarbh church

Ardchattan church

Breadalbane papers

15-17. 1796 March 24. Ardmady.
John Campbell of Lochend, elder, to Breadalbane in London. With separate postmarked cover.
Encloses petition from recipient's tenants on Lochetivside, pointing out that the preachinghouse at Inverguishen is all in ruins; the late storm has demolished the miserable hut formerly provided for the SSPCK missionary; ask for assistance.

May 25 2017 - the Gaelic liturgy is now online -

This unassuming little book is of the greatest national importance: it is the only copy in Scotland of the first book printed in Gaelic (Gaelic Liturgy; year 1567; shelfmark Dd.10.44.). After the Reformation there was a strong impetus, sponsored primarily by the Campbell Earls of Argyll, to evangelise the Highlands and Islands, where Gaelic rather than Scots was spoken. John Carswell, Bishop of the Isles, adapted John Knox’s Book of Common Order into Scottish Gaelic. It was a hugely ambitious undertaking, particularly considering it would be another two centuries before the New Testament was finally published in vernacular Gaelic.

GD170 Papers of the Campbell Family of Barcaldine 1539-1961
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference GD170/2443
Title Letter from Hugh Fraser, minister of Ardchattan to Sir Duncan Campbell of Barcaldine, 1st b.t., his brother-in-law

1830, July 5. Discusses the need for a new church.

1834, January 25. Complains of effects of preaching of one Finlay Munro, 'an ignorant, presumptuous, and, I believe, half insane person' on people on Barcaldine's estate.

Gives details of those converted to his views. Urges that something should be done, or else 'the Barcaldine property in this parish will soon become a hot-bed of fanaticism.'

1834, February 10. Defends his conduct with regard to the leaders of Munro's faction in the parish

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