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Killianan Burial Ground

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Church (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Site Name Killianan Burial Ground

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Church (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Killianan Graveyard; Killianan Grave Yard

Canmore ID 12619

Site Number NH53SE 4

NGR NH 57162 34660

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Inverness And Bona
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH53SE 4 57162 34660

(NH 5716 3466) Killianan Grave Yard [NAT]

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

See also NH53SE 3.

The old burial-ground of Killianan, Abriachan (Cill Fhionain - after St. Finan, 550-600 AD (W J Watson 1926)) is considered by the New Statistical Account (NSA). to be the probable site of the original church of Bona. There can be no doubt that formerly a church existed here, and a church at Aberihacyn (Abriachan) is mentioned in 1239 (Aitken 1893).

The graveyard is a square enclosure (W Jolly 1885 from which several tombstones have been removed to the churchyard of Kilmore in Glen Urquhart (J Ross 1888). No very distinct traces of a foundation of a church exist, although Grove ( Grove nd) shows a drawing of ruins at Killianan (Aitken 1893).

It is locally believed that there was a church within the graveyard, but there are now no traces of it. The graveyard is disused.

Visited by OS (N K B), 28 April 1970.


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