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Thomas of Canterbury. It is added that he painted, but in the lighter style now so fashionable throughout Scotland (" sed pictura leviore quge nunc est per Scotiam receptissima"),1 the chamber and oratory of the abbot, as well as another large room adjoining.2
There can be little doubt that the style of art thus indicated was that of fresco-painting, but so complete has been the destruction of our old ecclesiastical buildings in Scotland, that the figure of St. Ninian at Turriff is almost the only example of which we can speak with certainty.
As an interesting relic of Scottish art, and as associated with the church of St. Congan, I have thought it permissible to introduce a drawing of the fresco, from sketches made by Mr. Gibb at the time of the discovery.
In the north wall of the choir, and near to the east end, there is inserted an ambry of decorated work, and from the letters 3 H, which appear at the bottom, we may infer that it was erected by Alexander Lyon, the builder of the choir.s
In its gable there is built an ornamented stone which has formed part of a structure of earlier date, besides other sculptured fragments, which have been used for building materials in the church which succeeded the monastery of St. Congan. Of these, and the ambry just described, drawings by Mr. Gibb are given in a separate plate.
1 Hist . Abbat. Monasterii de Kynlos, p. tuit quoque illio majus altare tabulate» ubi
51 (Ban. Club.) et divae Annae statuam erexit; paravitque
2 From the same author we derive an nova in choro subsellia; et vestes ad rem
account of the ornaments with which sacram faciendam tres, casulam videlicet
Abbot Thomas Crystall of Kinloss enriched ex bysso palmata, duas dahnaticas, cum
the parish church of Ellon a few years albis, et id genus reliquis, liberalissiu1e
earlier. Of him he writes—" Nee minus coemptas, tradidit."—(Idem, p. 76.)
accuratus fuit in ornanda ecclesia sua de * Similar ambries of the same period oc
Ellone, cui parem tabulam pictoria et sta- cur in the ruined churches of Kinkell and
tuaria arte deauratam cum il1a Beatae Auchindoir, and a third, which was placed
Matris et Virginis apud Kynlos8 de qua in the old church of Kintore, is now built
paulo ante sumus locuti, contulit. Resti- into the west gable of the parish kirk.