Eynhallow Monastery

Church, House(s), Monastery

Site Name Eynhallow Monastery

Classification Church, House(s), Monastery

Canmore ID 2170

Site Number HY32NE 2

NGR HY 35902 28822

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Rousay And Egilsay
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

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.


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