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Iona, St Brandon 's Cross

Cross (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Iona, St Brandon 's Cross

Classification Cross (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) 'Crois Bhriannain'; 'near Tobar Orain, A Little Way East Of The Free Church Manse'

Canmore ID 21646

Site Number NM22SE 37

NGR NM 286 243

NGR Description NM c. 286 243

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kilfinichen And Kilvickeon
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NM22SE 37 c. 286 243

(Area: NM 286 243) St Brandon's Cross - "Crois Bhriannain" The name is now obsolete (Ritchie and Ritchie 1934).

Reeves (1857) says it stood "near Tobar Orain, a little way east of the Free Church manse", which would make the area NM 283 236.

A Ritchie and E Ritchie 1934; W Reeves 1857.

No further information.

Visited by OS (RD) 12 June 1972.


Field Visit (April 1996 - May 1996)

Crois Bhriannain is said ot have stood near Tobar Orain, a little way east of the Free Church manse

(ION96 090)

Information from NTS (SCS) January 2016

Watching Brief (26 May 2008 - 27 May 2008)

NM 2863 2439 Three narrow trenches were excavated across the presumed line of a blocked field drain in the field to the S of the Abbey on 26–27 May 2008. Below 0.2m of topsoil one trench located a spread of cobbles. No artefacts were recovered. The line of the field drain was found in only one of the trenches and further excavation was stopped. The location of the trenches was recorded by EDM.

Archive: RCAHMS (intended)

Funder: The National Trust for Scotland

Derek Alexander (The National Trust for Scotland), 2008

External Reference (28 October 2011)

Scheduled as element within 'The monument known as St Mary's Abbey, Iona, monastic settlement [comprising] the remains of the large early historic monastic settlement founded by St Columba in AD 563, St Martin's Cross, and parts of medieval buildings associated with the Benedictine Abbey of St Mary founded around AD 1200.'

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 28 October 2011.


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