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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
Lismore And Appin
NM 92708 47268
192708, 747268


Circa 1910. Roughly hewn granite obelisk with inscribed plinth and stepped base. Inscribed, 'A. D. 1468. Above this spot was fought the bloody battle of Stalc, in which many hundreds fell, when the Stewarts and the Maclarens, their allies, in defence of Dugald, chief of Appin, son of Sir John Stewart, Lord of Lorn and Innermeath, defeated the combined forces of the Macdougalls and the Macfarlanes'.

Statement of Special Interest

This memorial commemorates the defeat of the MacDougalls by the Stewarts at the Battle of Stalcaire in 1468. It is situated on a steep outcrop of rock within the churchyard of the Scottish Episcopal St Cross Church (or Church Of The Holy Cross) at Portnacroish, 450 metres west of Castle Stalker. Immediately behind the churchyard is Laggan na Falla (the hollow of treachery) where the heaviest fighting of the battle of Stalc took place.

Listed building record and statutory address updated in 2015. Previously listed as 'Portnacroish, St Cross Churchyard, Stalcaine memorial'.



Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: CANMORE ID: 23304

Walker F. A. (2000) The Buildings Of Scotland – Argyll and Bute. London: Penguin Books Ltd p.433

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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