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Eigg, Eilean Chathastail

Burial Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Eigg, Eilean Chathastail

Classification Burial Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 305951

Site Number NM48SE 62

NGR NM 48634 82932

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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


Field Visit (23 April 2011)

NM48SE 62 48634 82932.

The burial enclosure of Robert Thomson, former laird of Eigg, stands at the S end of Eilean Chathastail, on the highest point on the island. It measures 4.9m in length by 4.3m in breadth over rubble walls 1.9m high and surmounted by iron railings. Five steps lead up into the interior where there is a concrete grave cover with a polished marble inscription plaque. The inscription reads:

‘In memory of Robert Lawrie Thomson, of Strathaird, Eigg and Muck, who died on 22nd December 1913, aged 72 years’.

Thomson owned of Eigg from 1896 until his death, and was buried on the island according to his wishes, within sight of his three properties.

(EIGG01 106)

Visited by RCAHMS (AGCH) 23 April 2001

Dressler 1998


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