|Name:||Iona Abbey||CISP No:||IONAA|
|Place:||Iona (I Chaluim Chille)||Grid Ref:||NM 286 245 (GB)|
|Parish:||Kilfinichen & Kilvickeon||Stones:||2|
|County:||Argyll , Scotland||Saint(s):||Colum Cille ; Columba ; Martin|
RCAHMS/1982, 41: `The position of three major crosses of 8th- to 9th-century date, St John's, St Martin's and St Matthew's, all apparently in situ, strongly suggests that the ecclesiastical focus of the early monastery was on the site of the medieval church, and immediately to the W or it. Some of the inadequately-recorded foundations discovered below the nave early in the present century may have formed part of a stone church of the Early Christian period, but the evidence is extremely uncertain'.
On the early history of Iona, an extremely important monastery founded by St Columba also see Sharpe/1995, Bullough/1964, and Bullough/1965.