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Loch Of Kirkigarth

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Chapel (Period Unassigned), Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Loch Of Kirkigarth

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Chapel (Period Unassigned), Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 314

Site Number HU24NW 25

NGR HU 23970 49603

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Walls And Sandness
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Archaeology Notes

HU24NW 25 2596 4960.

(HU) 2395 4960) Chapel and burial Ground (NR) (Site of)

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

The site of an ancient chapel and burial ground, with which the name Kirkigarth is said to have originated. 'No particular date is assigned for this chapel, but it is generally supposed to have belonged to a very remote period.'

Stones dug up on the site, and said to have belonged to the chapel, were used in the construction of the Congregational Chapel (HU 2411 4944).

Name Book 1878

No trace of a chapel or of burials within the burial ground, which has been converted to a sheep enclosure. Tradition of chapel known locally.

Visited by OS (R L) 15 June 1968

Activities

Field Visit (12 June 2010)

Nothing is visible of a chapel at this location but its burial-ground may be indicated by a sub-oval enclosure measuring up to 22m across within a wall that has been heavily robbed but in places survives as a stony bank up to 2.5m in thickness and 0.6m in height. The E side of the enclosure is overlain by the collapsed SE side of a large stock enclosure.

Visited by RCAHMS (JRS, ARG) 12 June 2010.

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