MHG12698 - St. Colomba's Chapel


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Type and Period (2)

  • CHAPEL (Early Medieval to 19th Century - 561 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CEMETERY (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

(NC 644 6420) St Columba's Chapel (NR) (site of)
OS 6"map, (1964)

The site of St Columba's Chapel of which no trace remains.
Name Book 1873.

Ealan na Coomb or Ealan na Naoimph, island of saints, had a chapel and burial place, the traces of which are still to be seen.
OSA 1792.

'The island of St Comb or Eilean Neve, where a church dedicated to St Bride (d. 525) and a monastery dedicated to St Columba (d. 597) once stood. Their ruins cannot now be traced with any degree of certainty'. H Morrison 1883.

St Columba's chapel was consecrated in the days of the early Celtic church. H F Campbell 1920.

Neave or Coomb Island was given to Watson in Gaelic as Eilean na Neimhe, posssibly for 'Island of the Nemed' - ie. a pagan sacred place taken over by Christianity. W J Watson 1926.

No remains of the chapel or burial ground exist, although there is a disturbed but featureless area about 60 metres to the north of the published site. Visited by OS (J L D) 27 April 1960.

There are no remains of a chapel at the published site. About 50m north, at NC 6642 6428, near the bottom of a south-facing hillside, are the remains of a roughly circular enclosure of unknown date and purpose; it appears as a grass covered platform 14.0m across with traces of stonework on the south periphery and with a definite scarp, up to 0.6m high, on the north where it is cut back into the slope. Some 45.0m to the south-west on level ground, is a linear scatter of twenty or so squarish and slab-like stones in isolation.
Surveyed at 1:10 000. Visited by OS (J M) 23 August 1978.

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Grid reference Centred NC 6644 6420 (200m by 200m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC66SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish TONGUE

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