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Canna, Sgorr Nam Ban-naomha

Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Site Name Canna, Sgorr Nam Ban-naomha

Classification Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Skerry Of The Holy Women; 'cashel'; 'nunnery'; 'the Altar'

Canmore ID 319395

Site Number NG20SW 2.01

NGR NG 22991 04395

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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


Sgor nam Ban-Naomha 1, Canna, Skye & Lochalsh, cross-slab fragment

Measurements: H 0.25m, W 0.13m, D 0.04m

Stone type: Torridonian sandstone

Place of discovery: NG 2299 0439

Present location: Canna House.

Evidence for discovery: found during RCAHMS fieldwork in 1993-4, in the ruins of a stone-built hut.

Present condition: broken and weathered.


This fragment represents the central portion of a small cross-slab carved in relief with a cross with curved armpits and a central hollow.

Date range: eighth or ninth century.

Primary references: Fisher 2001, 101.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016


Reference (2001)

(1) Fragment of Torridonian sandstone, broken on all sides and measuring 0.25m by 0.13m and 35mm thick. The background is cut away to form a relief cross with curved armpits and a slight central depression, the shaft being flanked by rectangular panels. (RCAHMS 1995, 14; RCAHMS 1999d).

I Fisher 2001


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