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St Columba's Font

Font (Period Unassigned)

Site Name St Columba's Font

Classification Font (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Abriachan Nurseries

Canmore ID 12621

Site Number NH53SE 6

NGR NH 5707 3471

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 6 5707 3471.

(NH 5707 3471) Holed Stone (NAT)

OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1903)

A block of hard mica-schist, traditionally known as 'St Columba's Font', in which a hole has been bored 6" diam. and 10 1/2 - 11 1/2" deep. A hollow curved incision (10" broad and from 8 1/2 - 10 1/2" deep), separates the cupped portion from the remainder.

The water contained in the basin is alleged to have been used for baptisms and for medicinal purposes, but the stone may well be an unfinished millstone.

W Jolly 1882

St Columba's Font, as illustrated by Jolly, in which baptisms have been carried out within living memory. It is not an unfinished mill-stone.

Surveyed at 1/10,000.

Visited by OS (NKB) 28 April 1970

St Columba's Font appears to be set within a circle of large, irregularly shaped boulders, with an internal diameter of c.3m.

Mr and Mrs Davidson and G Harden 1989a.


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