MHG9274 - Possible site of early medieval church, Eilean Donan


Placename evidence has led to a putative link with the early medieval saint Donan of Eigg.

Type and Period (1)

  • CHURCH? (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NG82NE 8 c. 8811 2585

See also NG82NE 3.

St. Donnan is thought to have founded a church on Eilean Donnan.
A B Scott 1906 and 1918.

No local knowledge, and no trace of a church on Eilean Donnan.
Visited by OS (N K B) 29 September 1966.

This appears to be based on placename evidence. Eilean Donan translates as "Island of Donnan" and the island has therefore been associated with the early medieval saint, Donnan (or Donan) of Eigg (Miket and Roberts 1990, 74, 80). An alternative interpretation is that the name is derived from dun or fort, negating all association with Saint Donan (Wallace 1890, 115). <3>

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Grid reference Centred NG 881 258 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG82NE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish LOCHALSH

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