MHG2270 - St. John's Chapel


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Type and Period (2)

  • CHAPEL (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CEMETERY (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

St John's Chapel (NR) (site of) OS 1:10,000 map, (1976)

St John's Chapel is recognisable on a grassy knoll of slight elevation but dimensions of building are not ascertainable without excavation (RCAHMS 1911).
According to Beaton (1909), however, line of foundation can still be traced and there are indications of the burial ground. Jolly (NSA 1845), whilst adding nothing concerning chapel, states: "St John's Loch is much resorted to on first Monday of May, August, November and February, Old Style, by invalids from all parts of the country. They walk round it, bathe, throw a piece of money in the water, and are out of sight of it by sunrise..."
NSA (written by T Jolly - 1840) 1845; D Beaton 1909; RCAHMS 1911.

Apart from one earthfast stone, only trace of chapel is a very slight grass-covered bank, 0.2m high, measuring 9m E-W by 5m transversely, situated on a grassy knoll, 0.8m high.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R D) 26 February 1965.

All that remains of St John's Chapel is an indistinct turf-covered footing on a rise in rough pasture; it measures approximately 10m
long E-W by 6m broad. Several metres out from W end of chapel, a small stretch of packed stone revealed by erosion could indicate a wall-line of the burial ground.
Visited by OS (J M) 27 April 1982.

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Grid reference Centred ND 2332 7210 (200m by 200m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND27SW
Civil Parish DUNNET
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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