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Eilean Mor, Saint Cormac's Cave

Cave (Period Unassigned), Cross Incised Rock (Early Medieval)

Site Name Eilean Mor, Saint Cormac's Cave

Classification Cave (Period Unassigned), Cross Incised Rock (Early Medieval)

Canmore ID 38642

Site Number NR67NE 6

NGR NR 6658 7504

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

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Field Visit (16 May 1973)

As described. The remains are known as St Cormac's Cave (DoE nameplate).

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (DWR), 16 May 1973

Desk Based Assessment (1973)

NR67NE 6 6658 7504

(NR 6659 7502) Cave (NAT)

OS 6" map (1924)

Near the SE end of Eilean Mor, a gully is walled with thin courses of drystone work, enclosing a rectangular area - the 'cell', described by Donaldson as 11' square, within 4' - 5' thick walls, with a doorway c. 2' wide, to E, and steps. At NW, fallen stones probably cover a passage and entrance to a tiny cave "Uamh nam Fear" now entered from above. A hexafoil and a Maltese cross are carved on the E side of this cave, said to have been used as a retreat by St Abban.

M E M Donaldson 1930; M Campbell and M Sandeman 1964.

Information from OS.

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