Eilean Fhianain, St Finnan's Chapel

Chapel, Bell (early Medieval)

Site Name Eilean Fhianain, St Finnan's Chapel

Classification Chapel, Bell (early Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Loch Shiel, St. Finan's Chapel; St Finnan's Church

Canmore ID 22686

Site Number NM76NE 1

NGR NM 75204 68276

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Arisaig And Moidart
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Inverness-shire

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Chapel, c.1500 Believed to have been built to replace a wooden structure by Allan MacRuari, 4th Chief of Clanranald, "the dread and terror of all neighbouring clans". Abandoned 17th century, since when all dressings have been robbed. The rubble walls still enclose a stone altar slab, with a seamless bronze bell of Early Christian type (possibly 10th century), a small cross in a niche, plus various important graveslabs, including one much weathered example of the Iona School, c. late 15th century, depicting a sword and foliage scrolls. Among the many monuments scattering Eilean Fhianain in the shelter of hawthorn, larch and Scots pine are several late medieval graveslabs and a group of weathered cruciform stones, probably 18th century.

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press http://www.rias.org.uk

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