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Inchnadamph Parish Churchyard and MacLeod Vault

A Scheduled Monument in North, West and Central Sutherland, Highland

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Latitude: 58.1519 / 58°9'6"N

Longitude: -4.9765 / 4°58'35"W

OS Eastings: 224937

OS Northings: 921978

OS Grid: NC249219

Mapcode National: GBR G725.R8B

Mapcode Global: WH28K.JCGJ

Entry Name: Inchnadamph Parish Churchyard and MacLeod Vault

Scheduled Date: 8 November 1999

Last Amended: 30 July 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8309

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: burial ground, cemetery, graveyard

Location: Assynt

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland


This monument comprises the churchyard of Inchnadamph Parish Church and the MacLeod Vault, which is medieval in date and visible as an upstanding ruin.  Alternative names for the MacLeod Vault are the MacLeod Vault Mausoleum and Assynt Old Parish Church.

The area to be scheduled includes the remains described and an area around them within which related archaeological material is expecteed to survive. The area is an irregular shape on plan, with maximum dimensions of 42m NNE-SSW and 48m ESE-WNW.  Excluded from the scheduling is the present Inchnamdamph Parish Church, which lies outwith the medieval graveyard at the north corner of the existing churchyard. Lairs where burial rights still exist are also excluded from the scheduling as is the top 0.3m of any paths.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of a multi-period ecclesiastical site, dating probably from the early Christian period, through medieval times and up to the 18th century. Its importance is enhanced by its strong links with the MacLeod family and the documentary evidence available.

The monument has the potential to contribute to a broader understanding of elite society in this part of Scotland, given the survival of associated secular remains. The archaeological potential of the site is high and the funerary monuments possess a high architectural value in their own right.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as Inchnadamph Parish Church, Burial Ground and Macleod Mausoleum, NC22SW 5.


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Campbell M (1999) ARDVRECK CASTLE AND CALDA HOUSE, Wester Ross, 14.

Cowan I B (1967) THE PARISHES OF MEDIEVAL SCOTLAND, Scottish Record Society, No. 93, Edinburgh, 9.

Fisher I (2000) EARLY MEDIEVAL SCULPTURE IN THE WEST HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS, RCAHMS/Soc Ant Scot Monograph series 1, Edinburgh, 92.


Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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