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Skelmorlie Aisle

A splendid example of a Renaissance monument: erected by Sir Robert Montgomery of Skelmorlie in 1636. The monument stands in an aisle, formerly the north transept of the old church of Largs, and is the only portion now preserved. The roof of the aisle is a timber barrel-vault divided into compartments with painted ribs imitating a rib-vaulted roof. Within the panels are painted scenes representing the Seasons, Largs Church, emblematical subjects, signs of the Zodiac and heraldic devices. The monument, which is built in stone, consists of a gallery raised above a partially sunk burial vault. The whole effect is extremely rich. Another monument in the same art style, though greatly inferior, is built against the south wall on the outside, to the memory of the Boyles of Kelburn. Located in the old churchyard north of the main road (A 78) in the centre of Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland.

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