MHG357 - Standing Stone, Cladh Chatain


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  • STANDING STONE (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC?)

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Sketch plan (hyperlink) and field notes (associated documents) from O Swarbrick, Sussex.
A M Fox, Highland Council, 08.06.01

NM56NW 2 5269 6949.

(Name: NM 5272 6954) Cladh Chatian (NR) (NM 5269 6949) Stone (NAT)
OS 6"map, Argyllshire,

The ONB applies the name 'Cladh Chatain' to the pre-historic standing stone, 6ft high and 2ft broad, called 'Clach Chatain' by Donaldson. Simpson states that Cladh Chatain is the site of a church founded by St Catan (d. 710), and Donaldson mentions a well situated by the side of the Kilmory road, possibly holy, as it is near Clach Chatain, and also that another standing stone also stood here, quoting an old local inhabitant.
Name Book 1872; M E M Donaldson 1923; W D Simpson 1935.

This standing stone is in a hollow between two low eminences; about 1.0m to the NW is another earthfast stone, 0.5m high, possibly the stump of the other stone mentioned by Donaldson. The name 'Cladh Chatain' is not now applied to the stone, but is believed locally to apply to the site of a church, whose position, and that of the alleged holy well, is not known.
Surveyed at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (N K B) 8 June 1970.

(NM 5268 6950) Standing Stone (NR)
OS 1:10,000 map, (1974)

Standing Stones, Cladh Chatian, Branault: There are two standing stones of basalt in a hollow between a pair of rock ridges 460m NW of Branault. One stone measures 2.2m in height and 1m by 0.6m at the base; the top is rounded. The other stone, 0.9m to the NNW, is now only a stump measuring 0.5m in height and 0.5m by 0.4m at the base. (The RCAHMS make no mention of a church / chapel site here.)
RCAHMS 1980. visited 1974.

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Grid reference Centred NM 5268 6949 (10m by 10m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM56NW
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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