Scheduled Monument

Cill Mhairi, burial ground and chapel site SE of KilmorySM7845

Status: Designated

Documents

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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.

Summary

Date Added
08/11/1999
Supplementary Information Updated
06/04/2021
Type
Ecclesiastical: chapel
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Ardnamurchan
NGR
NM 53125 69997
Coordinates
153125, 769997

Description

The monument comprises a burial ground and the site of a pre-Reformation chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The grave-yard, which includes the site of the chapel, is surrounded by a nineteenth-century drystone wall, which encloses an approximately oval area measuring 37m E-W by 27m N-S. This wall probably follows the line of an earlier enclosure. In the centre of the grave-yard are the faint traces of the remains of the chapel which appears to have been about 19m E-W by about 6m N-S.

This is marked by a raised area and traces of the S wall of the buiding. In the grave-yard, which is still in occasional use, there are a number of unmarked gravestones, some nineteenth- and twentieth-century stones and part of a free-standing ringed cross, which has been re-used as a headstone.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the chapel site, burial ground and boundary wall. All lairs subject to current burial rights are excluded from this scheduling. The area proposed is defined by the boundary wall of the graveyard. The area is indicated in red on the accompanying map extract, although the plotting of the boundary on the Ordnance Survey map inaccurately shows a non-existent kink in the west side of the graveyard.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance for its contribution to an understanding of medieval religion and church building.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NM 56 NW 1.

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