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Banniskirk Mains, St Magnus' Chapel

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Chapel (Medieval)

Site Name Banniskirk Mains, St Magnus' Chapel

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

Canmore ID 8293

Site Number ND15NE 3

NGR ND 1704 5713

NGR Description ND 1704 5713 and ND 1697 5708

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Halkirk
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

ND15NE 3 1704 5713 and 1697 5708

(ND 1704 5713) Chapel (NR) (Site of)

(ND 1697 5708) Grave Yard (NR) (Site of)

OS 6" map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

Nothing is known of this chapel, beyond that it was dedicated to the norse St Magnus (Scott et al 1915-61) who was executed in 1116.

The site is marked by a slight elevation, although nothing remains of the chapel itself; the graveyard is said to have been destroyed about 1770.

The derivation of the neighbouring name 'Banniskirk' is not known. RCAHMS 1911; 1946; H Scott et al 1915-61; Name Book 1872

No further information.

Visited by OS (N K B) 11 November 1965

(ND 1704 5713) St Magnus's Chapel (NR) (site of)

OS 6" map, (1971)

No change.

Visited by OS (J M) 11 February 1982

Chapel, St Magnus'. Visible as a slight elevation in a heavily cultivated field.

R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995.


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