Loch Tay, Priory Island

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Alternative Names Eilean Nam Ban; Sybilla's Island; Isle Of Loch Tay
Site Type BARMKIN, CRANNOG (POSSIBLE), PRIORY
Canmore ID 24932
Site Number NN74NE 5
NGR NN 76634 45372
Council PERTH AND KINROSS
Parish KENMORE (PERTH AND KINROSS)
Former Region TAYSIDE
Former District PERTH AND KINROSS
Former County PERTHSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Architectural Notes

EXTERNAL REFERENCE:
Loch Tay Priory.
National Library of Scotland.
The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, contains among the 'uncatalogued MSS of General Hutton', numbered 124, Vol.1, a South-West view dated 1789 of this Priory.

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Archaeological Notes

NN74NE 5 76634 45372

Dixon describes this, the largest island in Loch Tay, as being 'at least superficially of artificial construction'; it comprises 'medium to large boulders', measures about 70m by 50m and is oval on plan. The island is mentioned in 1122-4 when it was granted by Alexander I to the monks of Scone Abbey as the burial-place of Queen Sybilla; the priory was probably built during this period. Later maps indicate that this was the 'yle de Kenmor' that was the residence of the Earl of Strathearn in 1306. In the mid 15th century the island was fortified by the construction of a barmkin wall, in 1509 the priory was re-built after its destruction by fire and in 1654 General Monk successfully besieged the island.
OSA 1796; NSA 1845; J Stuart 1866; F O Blundell 1913; W A Gillies 1938; G E Oakley 1973; T N Dixon 1983; I Morrison 1985.

A summary of the work carried out by the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology in 2004 is included in The University of Edinburgh's 50th Annual Report, 2004.
N Dixon 2004

 
Books and References

Blundell, F O (1913) 'Further notes on the artificial islands in the Highland area', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.47
Page(s): 258-9, 260, no. 1

Dixon, T N (1983) 'A survey of crannogs in Loch Tay', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.112
Page(s): 20-1, 23, no. 1 Held at RCAHMS E.9.11.DIX.P

Dixon, [T] N (2000) Crannogs of Loch Tay, Edinburgh
Page(s): 7, no. 1 pl. p. 6 Held at RCAHMS E.9.11.DIX

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