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St Ninian's Chapel,Bute

A Scheduled Monument in Isle of Bute, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.8046 / 55°48'16"N

Longitude: -5.137 / 5°8'13"W

OS Eastings: 203493

OS Northings: 661264

OS Grid: NS034612

Mapcode National: GBR FFPC.PQ6

Mapcode Global: WH1LS.2C2H

Entry Name: St Ninian's Chapel,Bute

Scheduled Date: 1 December 1953

Last Amended: 24 May 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM417

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: chapel

Location: North Bute

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Isle of Bute

Traditional County: Buteshire


The monument consists of the remains of a chapel and surrounding enclosure, which replaced an earlier burial ground.

The remains of the chapel are orientated E-W and measure 6.3m by 4m internally. The walls are 1.2m wide and 0.9m high. There is an

entrance slightly off-centre in the S side. The chapel building is enclosed by the remains of a near circular stone-walled enclosure,

which is 24m E-W by 23.5m transversely. This wall, best preserved in

the S, has several courses of masonry. Excavations in 1952 and 1954 demonstrated that the chapel was preceded by a burial ground

containing a number of long cist burials (burials in elongated pits lined with stone slabs). Some of the burials were left outside when

the later enclosure was built. Two middens containing large

quantities of shell and bone were found against the enclosure wall in the SE and a similar midden to the SW. The chapel appears to have

been a 6th or early 7th century foundation from Whithorn, although

the site probably continued to be a cult centre throughout the Middle Ages.

The area proposed for scheduling is 60m in diameter and includes the chapel, enclosure, graveyard and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the chapel may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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