MHG44993 - Convinth Old Parish Church, graveyard


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

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This was once the parish church of Convinth (W Jolly 1882) 2), and was dedicated to St. Lawrence. Convinth was a parish in 1221. The churchyard contains some early stones, including one bearing a horse and rider, suggestive of the Celtic period. There are also two cup-marked stones, one with two cups, the other with four.
Glen-convinth church is traditionally said to have been founded by a companion of St Erchard.(W MacKay 1893)
(St. Erchard waw a disciple of St. Ternan. St. Ternan lived in the 5th century). (W D Simpson 1935)
T Wallace 1911

St Lawrence's Church - possibly of 16/17th century date, with no trace of earlier structure - is built of random masonry, roughly coursed with rubble infilling and measures approx 22.0m by 6.8m within a wall 1.0m thick. The SW gable and the NW wall stand to a maximum height of c.2.5 m, and part of the SE wall survives as a foundation, but the NE gable is destroyed. Graves occupy the interior. The burial ground is still in use.
The stone bearing the horse and rider, and the two cup-marked stones, could not be located and there is no local knowledge of them.
Visited by OS (R D) 9 Feburary 1970

'Inverness District West Monumental Inscriptions', pre 1855
Monumental inscription survey completed by Alastair G Beattie & Margaret H Beattie . The survey may not include inscription information after 1855 and each inscription transcribed does not give the full details that appear on the stones, abbreviations used. Some ommissions and inacuraciesmay be encountered. First published 1993, reprinted 1994.
J Aitken : 20/12/02

These stones were not located during a walkover survey in August 2008. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NH 5119 3743 (10m by 10m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH53NW
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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