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Saint Conval & Somerled
Saint Conval & Somerled
Saint Conval & Somerled
Saint Conval & Somerled
Saint Conval & Somerled
Saint Conval & Somerled
Saint Conval & Somerled

© the artist. Photo credit: Gordon Baird / Art UK

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Saint Conval was one of the major founders of monasticism in the British Isles. According to legend, as he stood on the edge of the Irish sea asking for God's guidance for his life, the stone he was standing on broke loose and carried him to Inchinnan where a chapel stands to commemorate the event. Irish monks based at Inchinnan in Renfrewshire founded a series of churches in his name on the south bank of the river Clyde. When the two kings, David I of Scotland and Olaf of Mann both died in 1153, Somerled made offensive moves against both Scotland and the Isle of Man. Somerled landed at Renfrew in 1164 during a campaign aimed at asserting his authority over the seaways off the west coast of Scotland. A local force attacked his men from behind a smokescreen and killed him, bringing to an end Norse influence on the Clyde.

Date

2005

Medium

bronze

Accession number

PA4_GB_S003

Work type

Sculpture

Work status

extant

Access

at all times

Inscription description

plaque: St. Conval & Somerled / St. Conval was one of the major founders of / monasticism in the British Isles. In the tenth / century, 300 years after his death, Irish / monks based at Inchinnan founded a series of churches in his name on the south bank / of the Clyde. These churches form the basis of the parishes that we know today. / Somerland, the Lord of the Isles, landed at Renfrew in 1164 during a campaign to / assert his authority over the western / seaways. A local force attacked his men / from behind a smoke screen and killed him. / this brought to an end Norse influence on / the Clyde.


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Located at

Lapwing Road, Renfrew

PA4 8SQ

Situated within Clyde View Park, alongside the main path through the park.