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Islay, Kilchoman, Cross-slab

Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Site Name Islay, Kilchoman, Cross-slab

Classification Cross Slab (Early Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Kilchoman 2; Kilchoman Church

Canmore ID 37471

Site Number NR26SW 9

NGR NR 2135 6301

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 9 2135 6301.

(NR 2135 6301) Standing Stone (NR) (Sculptured) (NAT)

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

A stone, 3ft high, bearing a cross within an oval thus+ Identical to NR26SW 1

Name Book 1878.

It is not certain that this is a sanctuary cross. It is a possibly 9th century ring-cross, badly weathered and of not particularly good workmanship but possibly modelled on a wooden cross with an attached ring.

W D Lamont 1972.

A sanctuary cross. (See NR26SW 10).

Information from RCAHMS.


Field Visit (3 June 1978)

NR 2135 6301. A cross-slab as described.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (B S) 3 June 1978.

Field Visit (October 1982)

Disc-headed upright slab of local Lewisian amphibolite-gneiss, 0-95 m in visible height by 0-39 m in

width below the disc-head, which is 0-51m in diameter. On each face there is an outline-incised ringed cross with square sunken armpits. Whereas the side-arms terminate at the outer edges of the rings, the upper arms extend into a slight projection at the top of the disc. The cross on the NW face (b) has a shaft 0-25 m long, but the corresponding area on the SE face (a) is damaged, and its original form is uncertain (Stuart; Lamont,1968; Graham,1895).

Visited October 1982


Reference (2001)

Disc-headed slab, 0.95m by 0.39m below 0.51m head, traditionally believed to be a sanctuary cross. On each face there is a ringed Latin cross with square sunken armpits and shafts of differing length.

I Fisher 2001.


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