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Desk Based Assessment

Date 2 August 1972

Event ID 694977

Category Recording

Type Desk Based Assessment


NR49NW 8 4057 9544 and 4058 9542.

(NR 4059 9544) Burial Ground (NR)

OS 6" map, Argyllshire, 2nd ed., (1900)

The site of a chapel, still identifiable in 1881 as having measured 18' x 12' internally, with evidence of burials surrounding it.

A sculptured 'face-cross' (see NR49NW 8.01) formerly stood at the E end of the chapel, after having served for some time as a cover for a well near the church it was removed to the garden of Colonsay House (NR 395 967), where it now stands beside Tobar Oran (see NR39NE 3.08; NR 3957 9680). About a foot of the shaft of the cross has been broken off, its original height having been 4'5". Thomas (1971) dates it to the 7th century. Other carved stones are said to have been built into neighbouring houses.

A round hole or basin cut in a rock in the middle of the burial ground is classed as a 'knocking stone' (Stevenson 1881).

W Stevenson 1881; A C Thomas 1971; J de V Loder 1935.

Information from OS (ES) 2 August 1972.

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