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Cill Bhride, chapel 270m SSE of Kilbride

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

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Latitude: 55.6413 / 55°38'28"N

Longitude: -6.158 / 6°9'28"W

OS Eastings: 138452

OS Northings: 646484

OS Grid: NR384464

Mapcode National: GBR CF5S.XVY

Mapcode Global: WGZJS.CGVN

Entry Name: Cill Bhride, chapel 270m SSE of Kilbride

Scheduled Date: 14 May 1964

Last Amended: 20 June 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2332

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: chapel

Location: Kildalton

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire


This monument consists of the remains of St Bride's Chapel, a 17th century chapel, built on an Early Christian site. The chapel was first scheduled in 1964. It is being rescheduled to extend protection to the immediately surrounding area.

The remains of the chapel are sited on the left bank of the Kilbride River, and occupy a site which slopes southwards towards the river. The chapel is an oblong unicameral structure, which measures internally 10.2m from E to W by 4.7m transversely. The walls are of drystone rubble masonry and have rounded angles externally and internally. They survive as turf-covered mounds over 1m wide and stand about 0.8m to 1m high. There is an entrance in the S wall.

Records indicate that there was an enclosure around the chapel, but no traces of it are visible today. An Early Christian cross-marked slab originally stood about 3-5m E of the chapel, but is now held by the National Museums of Scotland.

About 7m SE of the SE angle of the building are the collapsed remains of a slab-roofed natural spring known as Tobar an t-Sagairt (or the Well of the Priest).

The area to be scheduled extends approximately 10m out from the chapel in all directions. Excluded from the scheduling are those parts of the modern fence to the S of the chapel which are above ground. The area measures 30m ENE-WSW by 25m transversely, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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