MHG7801 - Possible early church and (later?) graveyard - Clach na h'Annaid, Strathconon


A possible early church and (later?) graveyard at Clach na h'Annaid, Strathconon.

Type and Period (2)

  • CHURCH (Early Medieval to 19th Century - 561 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CEMETERY (Early Medieval to 19th Century - 561 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A possible early church and (later?) infants' graveyard at Clach na h'Annaid, Strathconon.

Place name evidence strongly suggests that there was an early Celtic religious settlement in area of Carn na h'Annaid, Allt na h'Annaid, Clach na h'Annaid and Cladh na h'Annaid.
W J Watson 1904

The Burial Ground at 3403 5481 is said to have been used for children who had not been baptised.
Name Book 1875

Described as "Infants Burial Ground (disused)" on 1st ed OS 6" map with a rectangular enclosure shown at the eastern end of the field . On the 2nd ed OS 6" map the whole field is labelled "Burial Ground (disused)".

There is no local knowledge of Celtic monastic establishment in area. The name, 'Cladh na h'Annaid' refers to a disused graveyard at NH34035481, now visible as a rectangular enclosure bounded by vague turf-covered footings of a rubble wall. No graves remain, and date of last interment could not be ascertained. The tradition regarding unbaptised children could not be confirmed.
Clach na h'Annaid is a huge natural boulder on S side of road at NH 3395 5473
Surveyed at 1/2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 24 October 1966

'Annait' is C9-10 term for a church-site of any kind abandoned during period and not subsequently re-used as site of a focal church.
A MacDonald 1973

Clach na h’Annaid
Burial ground and enclosure (739, 740) - centred on NH 34039 54789 (Nmrs No NH35SW 001). Marked on on 1st edition OS as “Infants Burial ground” This site is on the valley floor, close to the river and must on occasions come close to flooding.

739 Burial ground - NH 34039 54789 A slightly raised bracken covered area, the extent of which could hardly be defined. It is roughly rectangular and on an E-W alignment measuring c.22m x 15. The wasted turf bank, mentioned before as enclosing it, could not be discerned but there were several humps and bumps within the area. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NH 3403 5480 (37m by 37m) Indicative centroid
Map sheet NH35SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish CONTIN

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