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Applecross, Parish Church, Churchyard, Cloch Mhor Mac Cuagan

Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Site Name Applecross, Parish Church, Churchyard, Cloch Mhor Mac Cuagan

Classification Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Canmore ID 11735

Site Number NG74NW 2

NGR NG 7132 4580

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Applecross
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NG74NW 2 7132 4580.

(NG 7132 4580) Standing Stone (NR) (Sculptured)

OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1905)

'Cloch Mhor Mac Cuagan', 'Cloch Ruainidh Mac Caoigen' or 'Cloch Ruainidh mhoir Mhic Caoigean' is a slab with an incised cross on its south face. It stands 9'3" high, 2'10" broad and 2 3/4" thick. Reeves (W Reeves 1862) believed that it was the cross of Mac Oigi, Abbot of Bangor and formerly of Applecross, who died in 801. Local tradition says it formerly stood near the mouth of the river, and marked the grave of an ancient chief, Ruairidh Mor Mac Caoigen. Macrow (B G Macrow 1953) says it was moved about 1800.

T S Muir 1855; W Reeves 1862, W J Watson 1904; B G Macrow 1953.

This stone is as described above.

Visited by OS (R D) 28 April 1965.


Watching Brief (November 2011)

An archaeological watching brief undertaken during the excavation of a trench to accommodate an underground power supply near Clachan Parish Church at Applecross, Wester Ross.

Scotia Archaeology 2011


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