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Eigg, Uamh Fhraing

Cave, Human Remains

Site Name Eigg, Uamh Fhraing

Classification Cave, Human Remains

Alternative Name(s) Massacre Cave

Canmore ID 22183

Site Number NM48SE 20

NGR NM 4749 8352

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Small Isles
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NM48SE 20 4749 8352.

Uamh Fhraing, 'Frances's Cave', is 255' long and 18' to 20' high with an entrance only 3' high. The floor is strewn with human bones.

Name Book 1877

Scene of the massacre of 395 McDonalds by the McLeods in 1577.

M E M Donaldson 1920

A brass coin from the cave is in the Royal Museum of Scotland (RMS).

Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1863

A human skull discovered in this cave by a boy on holiday was handed in to Birmingham Museum in 1979. The coroner verified that the skull was of some antiquity and belonged to a child (unsexed) of 5-6 years of age.

Information from R Gourlay, Inverness Museum, 7 September 1979 (NMRS MS/974/5).


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