Church, House(s), Monastery
Site Name Eynhallow Monastery
Canmore ID 2170
Site Number HY32NE 2
NGR HY 35902 28822
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
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- Council Orkney Islands
- Parish Rousay And Egilsay
- Former Region Orkney Islands Area
- Former District Orkney
- Former County Orkney
HY32NE 2 35902 28822
(HY 3590 2883) Church (NAT) (remains of)
OS 1:10,000 map, 1977.
Eynhallow Monastery: The shell of a quite grandly conceived but curiously executed church consisting of nave and chancel with a western 'porch', adjoining a complex of buildings which have been variously claimed to be medieval and monastic, or to be post-medieval and domestic. While both church and buildings have undergone numerous and drastic alterations in recent centuries, it is likely that this complex essentially represents a monastic layout, possibly originating as a Benedictine foundation of the second quarter of the 12th century, and evidently extinct as a religious house well before the 16th century. The buildings have become overgrown with nettles. (See also HY33SE 17.01)
T S Muir 1885; MacGibbon and Ross 1896; L Dietrichson and J Meyer 1906; J Mooney 1933; RCAHMS 1946; J Mooney 1949; I B Cowan and D E Easson 1976; RCAHMS 1982.
Eynhallow Monastery (on HBM (DoE) plaque) is as described and planned by the RCAHMS.
Surveyed at 1:10,000 (by Field Surveyor).
Visited by OS (NKB) 11 June 1967.