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Islay, Kilchiaran

Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name Islay, Kilchiaran

Classification Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Kilchiaran Chapel; St Ciaron's Chapel

Canmore ID 37470

Site Number NR26SW 8

NGR NR 20430 60100

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kilchoman
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR26SW 8 2043 6010

See also NR26SW 6.

(NR 2043 6010) A cup marked and perforated slab lies in rough grass 20yds WSW of St Ciaron's Chapel (NR26SW 6) and 20yds N of the road. The slab is of schist 6ft by 3ft with a thickness of 6ins exposed, the rest being buried. Graham noted 22 cups in 1895 but only 18 are now visible, 6 1/2 ins in maximum diameter and 4 ins deep, clearly man-made but some having vertical sides. Two cups have penetrated the slab completely. The local tradition is that church-goers turned a pestel in any cup-mark

and wished. The constant turning wore the cups, in some cases right through the stone.

R W B Morris 1969; Information from R W B Morris Ts.

The slab bears at least 19 large cups one of which has penetrated the stone. There is also a circular performation.

Information from RCAHMS, visited June 1975.

A cup-marked slab, flush with ground, and as described.

Surveyed at 1:2500 (See NR26SW 10 for mention of the 'wishing ceremony').

Visited by OS (B S) 4 May 1978.


Field Visit (June 1975)

NR 204 601. About 13m SW of Kilchiaran Chapel and there is a prone slab measuring 1.70m and 0.98m and 0.15m in greatest thickness; its level upper surFace bears at least 19 plain cups up to 110mm in diameter and 40mm in depth (Graham, Islay, fig. on p.62). In addition, wear has caused a large deep cup, 180mm in diameter and 80 mm deep, to penetrate the stone, and there is another circular, vertical-sided, perforation measuring 70mm in average diameter and expanding to 90mm at the upper surface of the stone.

RCAHMS 1984, visited June 1975


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