Eynhallow Monastery

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Canmore ID 2170
Site Number HY32NE 2
NGR HY 35902 28822
Former District ORKNEY
Former County ORKNEY
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

HY32NE 2 35902 28822

(HY 3590 2883) Church (NAT) (remains of)
OS 1:10,000 map, 1977.

Eynhallow Monastery: The shell of a quite grandly conceived but curiously executed church consisting of nave and chancel with a western 'porch', adjoining a complex of buildings which have been variously claimed to be medieval and monastic, or to be post-medieval and domestic. While both church and buildings have undergone numerous and drastic alterations in recent centuries, it is likely that this complex essentially represents a monastic layout, possibly originating as a Benedictine foundation of the second quarter of the 12th century, and evidently extinct as a religious house well before the 16th century. The buildings have become overgrown with nettles. (See also HY33SE 17.01)
T S Muir 1885; MacGibbon and Ross 1896; L Dietrichson and J Meyer 1906; J Mooney 1933; RCAHMS 1946; J Mooney 1949; I B Cowan and D E Easson 1976; RCAHMS 1982.

Eynhallow Monastery (on HBM (DoE) plaque) is as described and planned by the RCAHMS.
Surveyed at 1:10,000 (by Field Surveyor).
Visited by OS (NKB) 11 June 1967.

Books and References

Anon (1965) Orkneying Saga Orkneying Saga: Legenda de Sancto Magno; Magnuss Saga Skemmri: Magnuss Saga Lengri: Helga Pattr ok Ulfs, in Gudmundsson, F Islenzk Fornrit, vol.34 Reykjavik
Page(s): 269 (footnote)

Cowan and Easson, I B and D E (1976) 'Medieval religious houses, Scotland: with an appendix on the houses in the Isle of Man', London
Page(s): 61-2 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.COW

Dietrichson and Meyer, L and J (1906) Monumenta Orcadica: the Norsemen in the Orkneys and the monuments they have left: with a survey of the Celtic (pre-Norwegian and Scottish (post-Norwegian) monuments on the islands, London; Kristiania (now Oslo)
Page(s): 126-33 Plan, 36-43 Held at RCAHMS D.9.1.DIE.R

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