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Scarva Taing, Covenanters' Graves

Covenanters Grave(S) (17th Century)

Site Name Scarva Taing, Covenanters' Graves

Classification Covenanters Grave(S) (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Scarra Taing

Canmore ID 2922

Site Number HY50NE 1

NGR HY 5708 0871

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish St Andrews And Deerness
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY50NE 1 5708 0871

See also HY50NE 33, HY50NE 44, HY50NE 48 and HY50NE 8002.

The burial place of some Covenanters who were captured at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, transported and subsequently shipwrecked, is on the cliff near Scarra Taing.

OS Name Book 1880.

The three graves at HY 5708 0872 are marked by small flat stones set on edge. (Information from Mr S Bichan, Denwick, Deerness, Orkney).

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (RD), 1 September 1964.

About 100m NNE of the nineteenth-century Covenanters' Memorial there is the recorded site of three graves of covenanters, who were shipwrecked near Scarva Taing. In 1964 the site was marked by small flat stones set on edge, but no trace can now be seen in a grass field that appears to have undergone improvement in recent years.

RCAHMS 1987, visited June 1986.


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