MHG3310 - St. Columba's Font, Killianan
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Type and Period (1)
- FONT (Early Medieval to Medieval - 561 AD to 1559 AD)
- None recorded
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.
- --- SHG1317 Text/Publication/Article: Jolly, W. 1882. On cup-marked stones in the neighbourhood of Inverness; with an appendix on cup-marked stones in the Western Islands. Proc Soc Antiq Scot Volume 16. 300-401. 377-8; fig. 81.
- --- SHG23033 Text/Publication/Serial: Proudfoot, E V W and Innes, M (eds). 1989. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland 1989. Paper (Original). p 27.
|Grid reference||Centred NH 5707 3470 (4m by 4m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Civil Parish||INVERNESS AND BONA|
- FONT (Undated)
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- https://canmore.org.uk/site/12621 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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