MHG3310 - St. Columba's Font, Killianan


No summary available.

Type and Period (1)

  • FONT (Early Medieval to Medieval - 561 AD to 1559 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH53SE 6 5707 3471.

(NH 5707 3471) Holed Stone (NAT)
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1903)

A block of hard mica-schist, traditionally known as 'St Columba's Font', in which a hole has been bored 6" diam. and 10 1/2 - 11 1/2" deep. A hollow curved incision (10" broad and from 8 1/2 - 10 1/2" deep), separates the cupped portion from the remainder.
The water contained in the basin is alleged to have been used for baptisms and for medicinal purposes, but the stone may well be an unfinished millstone.
W Jolly 1882

St Columba's Font, as illustrated by Jolly, in which baptisms have been carried out within living memory. It is not an unfinished mill-stone. Surveyed at 1/10,000.
Visited by OS (NKB) 28 April 1970

St Columba's Font appears to be set within a circle of large, irregularly shaped boulders, with an internal diameter of c3m.
Mr and Mrs Davidson and G Harden 1989a.

A photgraph of the stone has been supplied by Katherine Stewart and is held in Assoc.Docs.
(KC 04/2004)

Sources/Archives (2)



Grid reference Centred NH 5707 3470 (4m by 4m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH53SE
Geographical Area INVERNESS

Finds (1)

  • FONT (Undated)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Investigations/Events (0)

External Links (1)

Comments and Feedback

Do you have any more information about this record? Please feel free to comment with information and photographs, or ask any questions, using the "Disqus" tool below. Comments are moderated, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible.