MHG58983 - Cross Slab No. 1 - St. Finan's Chapel, Eilean Fhianain


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  • CROSS SLAB (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)

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This island, which takes its name from one of the saints bearing the Irish name Finan, is situated about 200m from both the N and S banks of Loch Shiel. It measures about 200m from N to S by 180m and has steep sides rising to an undulating summit-area which has been extensively used for burials by the adjacent Protestant and Roman Catholic communities of Sunart and Moidart respectively. The ruined medieval church near the W edge of the summit contains a cast bronze bell of Early Christian type, as well as a graveslab and cross-head, both of late medieval date. A female effigy of the same period lies near the N end of the summit, close to a group of large simple cruciform stones which are probably of 18th-century date. A cross-marked gravemarker (no.1) stands in the same area, and a small cruciform stone of uncertain period (no.2) was recorded in 1974 but has since disappeared (See MHG58984).

(1) [NM76NE 1.02] Tapered slab of local flagstone, 0.7m in visible height by 0.35m at the head and 55mm thick. On the E face there is incised a Latin cross, 0.17m high and 0.14m across the arms, set on a pedestal formed by a slightly curved horizontal bar 100mm long and two vertical bars 70mm high. <1>

See link below to to HES Canmore record for photos and sketches of the cross slab.

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Grid reference Centred NM 7520 6833 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM76NE
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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