MHG39700 - Chapel Well, Lochloy


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Type and Period (2)

  • SPRING (Undated)
  • (Alternate Type) HOLY WELL (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Fragmentary remains of walling visible at NH 923 579 in the face of an abandoned gravel-pit are probably the remains of the deserted village of Lochloy. The burials found in 1959 are probably associated with the village. No trace of the possible hut-circle noted in 1959.
RCAHMS 1978, visited March 1978

The sites of chapel and burying-place were pointed out at NH 9235 5798 by Miss E Baillie (Lochloy, Nairn), daughter of proprietor mentioned by Bain: nothing remains of either. She stated that the natural spring at NH 9226 5786 is known as Chapel Well.
Surveyed at 1/2500. Visited by OS (RD) 22 November 1965

(NH 9235 5798) Burials of five adults and a child were found during the digging of a pole-pit by the North of Scotland Hydro-electric Board on 1 September 1959. The remains were examined by Mr P R Ritchie (MoPBW, 8 February 1967) who found a possible hut circle, midden material and a small fragment of wall but no date could be assigned to them. (It seems probable that Miss Ballie was alluding to these finds when she identified the site of the chapel).
(Information from N Scotland Hydro Board letter and plan, 24 January 1967)
S H Cruden 1959

The village of Lochloy, extant in early 17th century, lay between loch and modern house of Lochloy, close to present road. Hearth-stones, querns and remains of buildings were dug up about 1859. The chapel, which lay a little to W of village, was known to Bain who recorded that its drystone foundation walls suggested that it was very old. The mound on which it was built had on it a number of undressed and unmarked headstones. A well close by was still known as Chapel Well. Bain adds that fragments of human bones were dug up when a road was being made down to the loch but that the work was stopped by the proprietor.
G Bain 1893; J Blaeu 1654

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Grid reference Centred NH 9226 5787 (10m by 10m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH95NW
Civil Parish AULDEARN
Geographical Area NAIRN

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