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Field Visit

Date October 1986

Event ID 1082907

Category Recording

Type Field Visit


This walled burial-ground, which remains in use, stands on the SE bank of the Abhainn Learg an Uinnsinn at the head of Loch Stornoway and some 400m SSW of Kilberry Parish Church (No. 49). A retaining-wall has been built to prevent further erosion of the river-bank on the N flank of the site. No dedication has been preserved, but the site was probably in use some time before the closure in the 1760s of the old churchyard at Kilberry (No. 48), although it is possible that some of the monuments described below may have been removed from that site (see also No. 46).


(1) Headstone erected in 1720 to mark the burial-place of Gilbert McKuhan, 'taylor', and his family, and re-used in 1790 by Archibald MacKichan.

(2) Headstone 'set upe' by Captain Dugald Campbell of Kilberry in 172[?8] to commemorate John Campbell and four of his sons. On the back there is a large thistle in relief, above crudely-carved emblems of mortality.

(3-5) Three recumbent slabs of 18th-century character bearing indecipherable armorials.

(6) Headstone with shaped top erected in 1748 to mark the burial-place of Donald McIimuluag, miller at Lergnahunsion (en.2*), and his family. On the back a shield bears a set-square and dividers.

(7) Recumbent slab of schist bearing a shield similar to that on number 6, surrounded by a helm and mantling.

(8) Incomplete mill-stone, with socket for four-armed rind and incised square and dividers, re-used as a headstone in1789 to mark the burial-place of William Dawson, and restored in 1918 (en.3)

(9) Headstone with shaped top and mantling in bold relief on the back, erected in 1815 by James Campbell in Balure to commemorate his parents, John Campbell in Coulghailtro, who died in 1804 aged 87, and Margaret MacTavish aged 84.

(10) Headstone erected by Alexander Glen, mason at Kilberry, in memory of his daughter Elizabeth who died in1810 aged 3. Later headstones signed by masons of the Glen family, here and at Lochead (No. 85,ll), bear characteristic rosette ornament.

(11) Headstone erected in 1828 by George Johnstone, Carse, probably the mason who was building Carse House (No. 156) at that time.

RCAHMS 1992, visited October 1986

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