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St. Clement’s Church, Rodel, Isle of Harris
April 30, 2015, 4:39 pm
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St Clement’s Church St Clement’s Church was built in the early 1500s by Alasdair Crotach MacLeod of Dunvegan and Harris, 8th Chief of MacLeod, who also built the ‘Fairy Tower’ at his ancestral seat of Dunvegan Castle in Skye.

When Alasdair died in 1547, his body was laid to rest in St Clement’s in a tomb he had built on the south side of the choir in 1528. His son, William, 9th Chief, was buried in another tomb in the nave in 1552.

St Clement’s Church

Alasdair MacLeod’s tomb

There are grave slabs leaning against the wall of the north transept and the graveyard surrounding the church contains a number of MacLeod tombs.

St Clement’s was a Catholic church before it fell into disuse not long after its completion around 1560 mainly due to the Reformation, although the churchyard continued to be used as a MacLeod burial site. In the 19th century it was used as a cow byre before being restored by Catherine Herbert, Countess of Dunmore in 1873.

St Clement’s Church Copyright © Scots Roots Research 2015

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