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Ballitarsin,chapel 550m south west of

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

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Latitude: 55.767 / 55°46'1"N

Longitude: -6.2232 / 6°13'23"W

OS Eastings: 135202

OS Northings: 660706

OS Grid: NR352607

Mapcode National: GBR CF0G.Q8C

Mapcode Global: WGYH1.C9SS

Entry Name: Ballitarsin,chapel 550m SW of

Scheduled Date: 15 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5503

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: chapel

Location: Killarow and Kilmeny

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument consists of the remains of a medieval chapel located SW of Ballitarsin farm.

It is situated on improved pasture. All that survives above ground is a slightly raised, rectangular turf-covered stony mound which measures 11m ESE-WNW by 4.8m NNE-SSW and is 0.3-0.4m high. The size and orientation of the building, together with local tradition recorded by the O.S in 1878, suggest that this may be the site of a pre-Reformation chapel

The area to be scheduled is rectangular and measures a maximum of 35m ESE-WNW by 20m NNE-SSW, extending 35m ESE from the fence (but excluding the fence itself), as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it preserves the remains of a small chapel of medieval date, which through archaeological excavation has the potential to contribute to our knowledge of religious architecture, parish structure, burial practice and material culture on Islay during the medieval period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NR 36 SE 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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