Restoration of Iona Cathedral

M044 Restoration of Iona Cathedral

Address: Iona PA76 6SQ
Date: 1891; 1903–7
Client: George Douglas Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll; Iona Cathedral Trustees
Authorship: Authorship category 4 (Office) (Office)

Colour photograph of Iona Cathedral from S.E.

1891
19–25 March: John Honeyman & Keppie incur costs of 4 15s 3d in connection with unspecified work for Iona. 1
April and August: John Honeyman & Keppie make plans of the Cathedral. 2
11 May: John Honeyman & Keppie incur costs of 6 13s 9d, probably for travelling expenses to London in connection with work on Iona. 3
14 July: John Honeyman & Keppie commence a job-book entry for Iona, but it remains incomplete. 4
1899
22 September: 8th Duke of Argyll vests ownership of the Iona ruins in a body of trustees, and expresses the wish that the Cathedral will be 'reroofed and restored'. 5
1901
December: Trustees commission Thomas Ross to re-roof the choir. 6
1903
February: John Honeyman, 'the architect consulted by the late Duke', has 'offered to advise the Iona trustees non-professionally'. 7
6 October: Honeyman's detailed plans and estimates are approved 8
1904
23 February: The trustees authorise Honeyman to accept tenders from E. C. Morgan & Son for mason and joiner work, and William Anderson for slater and plumber work. 9
1905
2 March: Honeyman reports to the trustees on work completed during 1904. Walls of ruined N. transept have been built up and transept roofed; sacristy completed, and blocked arcade between it and choir opened up; floor erected within tower; floors paved; internal walls pointed; effigy of Abbot Mackinnon and E. window of S. aisle both restored. 10
5 May: Honeyman informs the trustees that his eyesight is no longer good enough to do jobs such as judging the quality of materials, but he can still design. He will carry out site visits at least twice a season, but 'I should get working drawings and other office work done by my old staff and under direction of my late partner, Mr Keppie'. 11
August: John Keppie begins co-operating with Honeyman. 12
27 September: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh pay T. & R. Annan & Sons 2 5s 4d for 'Iona photos'. 13 These may have been for a slide lecture on 'The Shrine of St Columba at Iona', given by Honeyman to the Edinburgh District of the Scottish Ecclesiological Society in November 1905. 14
1907
4 January: Alexander McGibbon is paid 4 4s 0d for 'Iona perspective'. 15
7 March: Honeyman informs Iona trustees that his designing days are over, due to his failing eyesight, and that he has handed over all plans to Keppie. 16
5 July: Honeyman resigns as architectural adviser. 17
22 October: Trustees decide to pay off Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh. 18
19 November: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh are paid 44 10s 0d for 'Iona Cathedral with expenses'. 19

Notes:

1: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh / Keppie Henderson cash book, 1889–1917, GLAHA 53079, p. 10.

2: The drawings are referred to in a later minute of the Iona Cathedral Trustees (Edinburgh, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: Iona Cathedral Trustees Archives, accession 2007/266, Trustees' Minute Book 1899–1922, 10 January 1900). A set of drawings dated 1891 survives (Edinburgh, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: AGD/23/630–635); these are included in the Drawings tab of this project entry .

3: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh / Keppie Henderson cash book, 1889–1917, GLAHA 53079, p. 11.

4: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie job book, GLAHA 53059, p. 147.

5: Scotsman, 30 September 1899, p. 10.

6: Edinburgh, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: Iona Cathedral Trustees Archives, accession 2007/266, Trustees' Minute Book 1899–1922, pp. 53–5, Memorandum for the Trustees of Iona Ruins, 21 February 1903.

7: Edinburgh, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: Iona Cathedral Trustees Archives, accession 2007/266, Trustees' Minute Book 1899–1922, pp. 53–5, Memorandum for the Trustees of Iona Ruins, 21 February 1903.

8: Edinburgh, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: Iona Cathedral Trustees Archives, accession 2007/266, Trustees' Minute Book 1899–1922, 6 October 1903. A detailed description and costing of Honeyman's proposals, in the form of a report by MacGibbon & Ross dated 5 October 1903, is included the minutes of the Trustees' meeting on 12 July 1904.

9: Edinburgh, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: Iona Cathedral Trustees Archives, accession 2007/266, Trustees' Minute Book 1899–1922, 23 February 1904.

10: Edinburgh, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: Iona Cathedral Trustees Archives, accession 2007/266, Trustees' Minute Book 1899–1922, p. 93, 'Report by Dr Honeyman, 2 March 1905, to the Iona Trustees, on the work done under his direction during the year to 31 December 1904'.

11: Edinburgh, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: Iona Cathedral Trustees Archives, accession 2007/266, Trustees' Minute Book 1899–1922, p. 105, copy of letter from John Honeyman to trustees, 5 May 1905.

12: Edinburgh, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: Iona Cathedral Trustees Archives, accession 2007/266, Trustees' Minute Book 1899–1922, p. 152.

13: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie/Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh / Keppie Henderson cash book, GLAHA 53079, p. 94.

14: Scotsman, 20 November 1905, p. 9.

15: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh /Keppie Henderson cash book, GLAHA 53079, p. 107.

16: Edinburgh, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: Iona Cathedral Trustees Archives, accession 2007/266, Trustees' Minute Book 1899–1922, 7 March 1907.

17: Edinburgh, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: Iona Cathedral Trustees Archives, accession 2007/266, Trustees' Minute Book 1899–1922, 5 July 1907.

18: Edinburgh, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: Iona Cathedral Trustees Archives, accession 2007/266, Trustees' Minute Book 1899–1922, 22 October 1907.

19: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh /Keppie Henderson cash book, GLAHA 53079, p. 112.