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Clach Na H'annaid

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Clach Na H'annaid

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 12266

Site Number NH35SW 1

NGR NH 3403 5481

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NH35SW 1 3403 5481.

Place name evidence strongly suggests that there was an early Celtic religious settlement in the area of Carn na h'Annaid, Allt na h'Annaid, Clach na h'Annaid and Cladh na h'Annaid.

W J Watson 1904

The Burial Ground at 3403 5481 is said to have been used for children who had not been baptised.

Name Book 1875

There is no local knowledge of a Celtic monastic establishment in the area. The name, 'Cladh na h'Annaid' refers to a disused graveyard at NH 3403 5481, now visible as a rectangular enclosure bounded by the vague turf-covered footings of a rubble wall. No graves remain, and the date of the last interment could not be ascertained. The tradition regarding the unbaptised children could not be confirmed.

Clach na h'Annaid is a huge natural boulder on the S. side of the road at NH 3395 5473

Clach na h'Annaid surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 24 October 1966

'Annait' is a 9th to 10th c term for a church-site of any kind abandoned during that period and not subsequently re-used as the site of a focal church.

A MacDonald 1973


Srp Note (14 January 2011)

Burial ground and enclosure (NOSAS site survey numbers 739, 740) and marked on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Ross-shire 1881, sheet lxxxvi) as “Infants Burial ground”. This site is on the valley floor, close to the river and must, on occasions, come close to flooding.

Further details of these and other associated sites can be found in the Strathconon Phase 3 Report (page 49) produced by the North of Scotland Archaeology Society and appended to this record.


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