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Stillaig Farm, chapel and burial ground 470m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Cowal, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8665 / 55°51'59"N

Longitude: -5.2964 / 5°17'46"W

OS Eastings: 193839

OS Northings: 668614

OS Grid: NR938686

Mapcode National: GBR FF96.GS1

Mapcode Global: WH1L9.MT41

Entry Name: Stillaig Farm, chapel and burial ground 470m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 2 February 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11101

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: chapel

Location: Kilfinan

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Cowal

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Description

The monument comprises the turf-covered outline of an early medieval chapel measuring 8.2m by 4.4m (interior dimensions) with drystone walls about 0.9m thick. This building lies within a D-shaped enclosure measuring 40m NW to SE by 44m NNE to SSW.

The RCAHMS has drawn attention to similarities in scale between the chapel at Stillaig and that on Eilean Mor, as well as several on Islay, and suggests that it is of 12th-century date.

The area to be scheduled comprises the enclosure walls and the area bounded by them, an area measuring 45m NNW-SSE by 40m transversely, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an example of an early medieval chapel and burial ground, which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of early ecclesiastical sites of the west of Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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Bibliography

The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NR96NW 6.

References:

RCAHMS 1992, INVENTORY OF THE MID MEDIEVAL AND LATER MONUMENTS OF MID ARGYLL & COWAL, Vol. 7 of the Argyll series, Edinburgh: HMSO, 4-6, 205.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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