Down memory lane extra, July 06 2018

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Archibald Angus MacKinnon is best known for painting Davaar island’s cave crucifixion of Jesus.

The artist (1850 to 1935) taught the subject at Campbeltown Grammar and left the town shortly after his cave art was discovered, worried that he might be charged for the school’s materials which he had used.

In later years he lived in Nantwich, Cheshire, as a full-time artist and reputedly made his paintbrushes from his wife Mary Sophia’s hair.

When MacKinnon was invited to return to Campbeltown, by the town council in 1934, to restore the cruxifiction work, his expenses were paid by the Common Good Fund.

His visit attracted much media interest across Britain and every cinema newsreel featured the story of the 84-year-old artist’s visit.

On June 6, 1934, a ceremony was held at the cave attended by the provost, town council, moderator of Kintyre Presbytery and the Roman Catholic priest.

The following year MacKinnon passed away.