The refurbishment of the Chapel Royal
was well advanced when Malcolm Lochhead
was commissioned by Historic Scotland to design
altar cloths for it. The large room was completely
filled with scaffolding so the design had to be created
using photographs of the sixteenth century frieze painted
by Valentine Jenkin as a reference. The chapel was originally
dedicate to the Virgin Mary and Saint Michael.
The altar would have originally have been dressed with a white cloth
other cloths would have been used seasonally. There are four
cloths in total
and their design is inspired by W.B.
Yeats's poem "The Cloths of Heaven"