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Teampull a'Ghlinne,chapel,Colonsay

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

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Latitude: 56.0462 / 56°2'46"N

Longitude: -6.2173 / 6°13'2"W

OS Eastings: 137471

OS Northings: 691725

OS Grid: NR374917

Mapcode National: GBR CD1Q.T5Q

Mapcode Global: WGYFP.G9M8

Entry Name: Teampull a'Ghlinne,chapel,Colonsay

Scheduled Date: 4 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5075

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: chapel

Location: Colonsay and Oronsay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire


Rectangular medieval chapel, measuring 8 by 4.2m within walls 0.85m thick, built of lime-mortared random rubble masonry and standing within a D-shaped burial enclosure, on the W side of the road to Oronsay. The chapel walls still stand over 2m high and contain an aumbry and splayed window on the N, and a lintelled door and remains of another window on the S; there is the base of an altar emplacement against the E wall.

The enclosure is defined by remains of a turf-and-stone dyke (0.5m high and over lm thick) on the E, S and W, and by a natural rock face on the N. The scheduled area includes the area within the boundary dyke up to the bottom of the rock scarp, the dyke itself and a zone extending for 2m outside it, as shown in red on the accompanying plan.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The chapel, which is linked architecturally and traditionally to the earlier phases of Oronsay Priory, is of national importance not only through its association with one of the principal medieval religious houses in the Western Isles and as one of the earliest surviving stone-built ecclesiastical structures on Colonsay, but also on account of its potential, through excavation, to contribute to a fuller understanding of medieval religious and burial practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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