MHG6318 - St. Ninians Chapel, Nonakiln


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  • CHAPEL (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)

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NH67SE 20 6621 7124.
St. Ninian's Chapel (NR) (Ruin) OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1907)

About a mile N of Alness village is burying-ground of Nonikilm. In the burying ground are the ruins of the church believed to be St. Ninian's, which fell in 1714 (MacDonald, Polson and Brown 1931) Killinianan or Nonakiln (Bain 1899).
In churchyard was found part of a slab incised with what could be spectacle ornament. The slab has now disappeared, but there is a cast of it in NMAS which was presented by James Flaws, Castlehill, Wyre, through J M Corrie, FSA Scot (PSAS 1931).
R Maclean 1886; R Bain 1899; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1930; D MacDonald,
A Polson and J Brown 1931.

All that remains of this chapel is W gable 8.2m long standing to roof height and containing a small rectangular door with a small arched window above. A modern stone-walled yard has been built on to E face of the gable.
Visited by OS (W D J) 11 May 1963.

The W gable still survives of this chapel. There are several graveslabs of probable 17th-century date in the burial-ground. The decorated slab (cast in RMS (NMAS): IB 216) is possibly of Early Christian date.
RCAHMS 1979, visited September 1978.

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Grid reference Centred NH 6620 7124 (40m by 40m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH67SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish ROSSKEEN

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