HC Deb 26 July 1889 vol 338 cc1416-7
DR. CAMERON (Glasgow, College)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether it is true that a carved tombstone, bearing the effigy and insignia of a bishop, and believed to mark the grave of St. Molias, one of the early pioneers of Christianity in Scotland, has been removed from the public burying-ground at Shiskene, Arran, and built into the outer wall of an Established church newly erected at a considerable distance from the burying-ground; if so, by whom, and by what authority, the tombstone was removed from its ancient site; and, if it prove to have been removed without legal authority, whether he will take steps to have it restored to its former position, and to punish the authors?


The tombstone in question has been lifted and built into the outside wall of the new church. This has been done solely for the preservation of this interesting memorial. In its recumbent position it had become greatly worn and defaced; and it would, if left where it was, have soon been destroyed. A stone has been placed on the original site, which is to bear an inscription recording the memorial. The burying ground is not a parochial churchyard; and in this very considerate act of preservation the Duke of Hamilton has infringed no legal right.