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Eilean Mor, St Cormac's Chapel And Burial-ground

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Chapel (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Eilean Mor, St Cormac's Chapel And Burial-ground

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Chapel (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) St Cormac's Cave; Cill Mhic-charmaig; St Carmaig's Chapel

Canmore ID 38634

Site Number NR67NE 1

NGR NR 66654 75286

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish South Knapdale
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR67NE 1 66654 75286

(NR 6665 7528) Chapel (NR) (Cill Mhic-Charmaig)

OS 6" map (1900)

This chapel, a rectangular building, 38' x 20' externally, was used as an inn after 1600, hence the fireplaces in the W gable. It is partly medieval work, enclosing an earlier building 13' x 10'6" internally, with a barrel-vaulted roof, now forming the chancel.

Traditionally connected with Keills (NR68SE 2) and perhaps its 'Disert' in early times. Dedication of both to St Abban moccu Chormaig (c. 640) (M Campbell and M Sandeman 1964).

The chapel was surrounded by an open and nearly obliterated burial ground (D MacGibbon and T Ross 1896). There is a medieval tomb on the S side of the chancel.

T P White 1875

St Cormac's Chapel (DoE nameplate) is as described but the burial ground can no longer be recognised.

Visited by OS (DWR) 16 May 1973.


Information from Historic Scotland, Certificate of Exclusion from Schedule dated 14 March 2000.


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