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Islay, Loch Finlaggan

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Islay, Loch Finlaggan

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 37706

Site Number NR36NE 4

NGR NR 3892 6831

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Killarow And Kilmeny
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR36NE 4 3892 6831

(NR 3892 6831) Burial Ground (NR)

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

An old burial ground which is said to be the place of interment of emasculated women who are said to have formed part of the household of the Lords of the Isle who had their principal residence on an island in Loch Finlaggan (NR36NE 6) after their expulsion from the Isle of Man in AD 1304.

Name Book 1878.

The burial ground measures 11.0m NW-SE by 7.5m and is sub-oval on plan. It is embanked on the west and south, and delimited by an earthen bank, 0.9m high and spread 3.0 to 4.0m broad, on the other two sides. A break in the bank at the NW angle would indicate an entrance. The west side of the burial ground is incorporated in an old field bank.

Surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (JM), 5 June 1978.

This site, which was identified in 1878 as a burial-ground, (Ordnance Survey Name Book 1878) lies close to the N shore of the loch, opposite Eilean Mor. It comprises an irregular-shaped enclosure measuring about 11m by 6m within an earth-and-stone bank some 2m in thickness within a bank some 1.8m in width and 1.5m in height. A few plain grave-markers are visible.

There are no visible tombstones.

RCAHMS 1984, visited August 1974.


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