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Seil, Ballachuan, Chapel And Burial Ground

Burial Ground (Medieval), Chapel (Medieval)

Site Name Seil, Ballachuan, Chapel And Burial Ground

Classification Burial Ground (Medieval), Chapel (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Kilbrandon House

Canmore ID 22598

Site Number NM71NE 18

NGR NM 76222 15394

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kilbrandon And Kilchattan
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NM71NE 18 7622 1539

(NM 7622 1538) Chapel and Burial Ground (NR) (Site of)

OS 6" map, Argyllshire, 2nd ed., (1900)

The foundations of this chapel are still quite visible, and some of the graves can still be traced here.

Name Book 1871.

Situated on a slight natural rise, the remains of this chapel can still be identified as a small rectangular yard measuring 5.7m x 3.1m internally, within walls 0.8m thick. The extent of the graveyard cannot be ascertained and no gravestones are visible. No further information on the site could be found.

RCAHMS 1975; Visited by OS (RD) 30 August 1971.

NM 7622 1539 Chapel and burial ground. The building measures 5.7m by 2.7m-3.2m and is constructed of rubble and slate bonded with clay. The sub rectangular burial enclosure is at the north and measures 10.7m by 5/5m.

NM 7620 1525 Artificial cut to sea. Channel mainly 2-3m wide, linking Ballachuan Loch to the sea. This appears to be a widening of a natural outlet to the sea as drawn on George Langlands' 1801 map.

Sites included in an archaeological and historical survey.

R Regan, B Black and S Webb, 2004.

Chapel (remains of) [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, October 2009.


Field Visit (June 1970)

NM 762 153 Chapel and Burial-ground, Ballachuan, Seil (Site).

These remains are situated about 400 m W of Kilbrandon House, on a small knoll which rises 2m above an area of marshy ground at the N end of Ballachuan Loch. The SW part of the site is occupied by the turf-covered foundations of an oblong building measuring 5.7m from NE to SW by 2.7m transversely at the NE end and 3.2m at the SW end, within walls which vary in thickness from 0.8m to 1m, and stand to a maximum height of 0.7m (Fig. 103). The masonry, where it is exposed in the inner faces of the SE and SW walls, is of rubble and slate bonded with clay mortar. To the NE there is a sub-rectangular enclosure measuring about 10.7m from NE to SW by 5.5m transversely.

When the officers of the Ordnance Survey visited this site in 1871, they reported that some of the graves could be traced, but the date of the last interment was unknown to the local inhabitants. One informant was able to remember the walls being 'five feet' (1.5m) high (Name Book No. 53, pp.70-1).

RCAHMS 1975, visited June 1970.

Measured Survey (5 June 1970)

RCAHMS surveyed this site with plane-table and alidade on 5 June 1970. The resultant plan was redrawn in ink and published at a reduced scale as Fig. 103 in 1975.


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