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Foynesfield, St Ninian's Chapel

Chapel (Medieval)(Possible)

Site Name Foynesfield, St Ninian's Chapel

Classification Chapel (Medieval)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Saint Ringan's Chapel

Canmore ID 15202

Site Number NH85SE 6

NGR NH 892 538

NGR Description NH c.892 538

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Auldearn
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Nairn
  • Former County Nairn

Archaeology Notes

NH85SE 6 892 538.

'A chapel, dedicated to St Ninian, existed at Foynesfield (St Ninian's Well - NH85SE 2 - is at NH 8952 5379). It was known by the Gaelic form of 'St Ninian', viz. 'St Ringan', and the place is called 'Ringan' by the Gaelic-speak- ing people to this day. A clump of ash trees alone remains to mark the site of the ecclesiastical settlement.'

G Bain 1893

The 'clump of ashtrees' mentioned by Bain could not be located and there is no local knowledge of the site of St Ninian's Chapel.

Visited by OS (NKB) 16 November 1965.


Field Visit (May 1978)

Foynesfield NH 89 53 NH85SE 6

No definite evidence exists for the location of this pre-Reformation chapel dedicated to St Ninian. However, the site is reputed locally to have been on a hillock at NH 892 538, where stone is still ploughed up.

RCAHMS 1978, visited May 1978

Bain 1893, 122-3


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