Eigg, Uamh Fhraing

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Alternative Names Massacre Cave
Site Type CAVE, HUMAN REMAINS
Canmore ID 22183
Site Number NM48SE 20
NGR NM 4749 8352
Council HIGHLAND
Parish SMALL ISLES
Former Region HIGHLAND
Former District LOCHABER
Former County INVERNESS-SHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NM48SE 20 4749 8352.

Uamh Fhraing, 'Frances's Cave', is 255' long and 18' to 20' high with an entrance only 3' high. The floor is strewn with human bones.
Name Book 1877

Scene of the massacre of 395 McDonalds by the McLeods in 1577.
M E M Donaldson 1920

A brass coin from the cave is in the Royal Museum of Scotland (RMS).
Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1863

A human skull discovered in this cave by a boy on holiday was handed in to Birmingham Museum in 1979. The coroner verified that the skull was of some antiquity and belonged to a child (unsexed) of 5-6 years of age.
Information from R Gourlay, Inverness Museum, 7 September 1979 (NMRS MS/974/5).

 
Books and References

Donaldson, M E M (1923) Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands, Revision Paisley
Page(s): 253-5 Held at RCAHMS D.6.DON

Harden, G (1985d) 'Eigg (Small Isles p), stray finds', Discovery Excav Scot
Page(s): 21

Ordnance Survey (Name Book) Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey (6 inch and 1/2500 scale). Held at RCAHMS on micro fiche.
Page(s): Book No.13, 22-3 Held at RCAHMS Ref

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