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Canna, A' Chill, St Columba's Chapel

Cross Incised Stone (Early Medieval)

Site Name Canna, A' Chill, St Columba's Chapel

Classification Cross Incised Stone (Early Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Keill, St. Columba's Chapel; Canna House; Canna 2

Canmore ID 319885

Site Number NG20NE 1.03

NGR NG 2692 0553

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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


A’ Chill 3 (St Columba), Canna, Skye & Lochalsh, cross-slab fragment

Measurements: H 0.16m, W 0.10m, D 0.05m

Stone type: Torridonian sandstone

Place of discovery: NG 2691 0540

Present location: in Canna House.

Evidence for discovery: found on the shore near Tarbert on the south coast of Canna.

Present condition: weathered and missing its top portion.


This small slab is incised with a Latin cross using wide grooving, but the top of the upper arm is missing.

Date range: seventh or eighth century.

Primary references: Fisher 2001, 96-7.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2016


Reference (2001)

(3) Canna House, found on the shore near Tarbert (NG c.240 053) (vi) Fragment of a small pillar of Torridonian sandstone, 0.16m high by 1.05m wide and 45mm thick. On one face it bears a cross which retains some peck-marks in the broad shallow grooves. The slightly curving transom spans the width of the cross, but the shaft is incomplete and it is not certain whether the surviving fragment is the top or foot of the stone.

I Fisher 2001

(iv) RCAHMS 1928, p.216 and fig.301.


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