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Tanera More, The Anchorage

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Tanera More, The Anchorage

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 4442

Site Number NB90NE 1

NGR NB 9894 0748

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Lochbroom
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NB90NE 1 9894 0748.

(NB 9894 0743) Burial Ground (NAT)

A 'very old burial ground' in a small triangular half-acre of ground between the big park and Cnoc Ghlas, at Tigh an Quay on Tanera More, contains several unmarked headstones, but the earliest inscribed stone is dated '1790'. The burial ground is now disused.

F F Darling 1944.

It is doubtful if the burial ground is much earlier than the late 18th century (the earliest visible inscriptions). The local tradition of a 12th century stone is simply due to a misreading of a mutilated '17'. The burial ground was allegedly used to avoid the attentions of the 'Resurrection Men'.

Information from I Crawford (School of Scottish Studies) September 1961.

The enclosed area is marked by large stone slabs with small irregular headstones. Only three inscriptions are now visible, the earliest being dated '1861'.

Visited by OS (F R H) 30 May 1962.

Activities

Field Visit (May 2000)

Following on from work carried out in the Ullapool area (DES 1999, 57, 58), surveys were made of several graveyards in Highland region.

NB 9894 0748 A survey was made of the graveyard on the island of Tanera More. About 80 rough slabs were noted as gravemarkers, of which only five had any inscriptions. The fragment of a medieval cross-shaft discovered in 1988 was not located during the survey.

Reports have been lodged with Highland SMR and the NMRS.

Sponsors: Highland Council Archaeology Unit, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Marc Fitch Fund, RCAHMS.

S Farrell 2000

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