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Cill Chaitriona,chapel,cross & burial ground,Balnahard,Colonsay

A Scheduled Monument in Kintyre and the Islands, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.122 / 56°7'19"N

Longitude: -6.1501 / 6°9'0"W

OS Eastings: 142158

OS Northings: 699902

OS Grid: NR421999

Mapcode National: GBR CD6J.MRK

Mapcode Global: WGZGG.HDL4

Entry Name: Cill Chaitriona,chapel,cross & burial ground,Balnahard,Colonsay

Scheduled Date: 2 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5082

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: cross (free-standing); Ecclesiastical: chapel

Location: Colonsay and Oronsay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The site comprises the grass-grown ruins of a small oblong building, some 7.1 by 3.5m, with walls 1.5m thick, which is identified as St Catherine's chapel, lying in the centre of a trapezoidal enclosure defined by a turf-and-rubble dyke some 1m wide and 0.5m high, with entrances on the S and E, an ovoid structure (5.5m internal diameter) near the NE angle and an abraided cruciform slab of stone 0.88m high

at the NW corner. The scheduled area includes everything within the enclosure as well as the enclosure dyke itself and a 3m wide zone outside it, making an area measuring overall some 40m E-W by 30m N-S, as shown in red on the accompanying plan.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for the evidence that it provides, and has the potential to provide, about religious life and burial practices in early Christian and medieval times.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


No Bibliography entries for this designation

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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