Islay, Carragh Bhan

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Canmore ID 37610
Site Number NR34NW 7
NGR NR 3283 4781
Former District ARGYLL AND BUTE
Former County ARGYLL
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NR34NW 7 3283 4781.

(NR 3282 4782) Carragh Bhan (NR)
OS 6" map, Buteshire, 2nd ed., (1900)

Carragh Bhan: This very large and broad standing stone traditionally marks the grave of King Godred Crovan. Several smaller and possibly related stones have been noted nearby (Celoria 1959).
Name Book 1878; F Celoria 1959.

NR 3283 4781 Carragh Bhan: name unconfirmed. A prominent standing slab above an east facing slope, with extensive views in that direction. It stands 2.3m high and broad and 0.5m thick at base, and is orientated north east-south west with a slight lean to west north west.
Recent ground disturbance here has exposed two nearby stones stumps, both measuring 0.8m by 0.2m and now protruding 0.3m above ground level. Together with a partially buried slab, showing as 0.5m by 0.4m, they are amongst a scatter of earth fast stones around the main stone and their association, if any, is uncertain.
Standing stone surveyed at 1:10000.
Visited by OS (JRL) 8 June 1978.

This impressive slab stands on level ground 400m W of Grianan and 20m wsw of the public road from Port Ellen to
Kintra. (This stone is identified in local tradition as the grave of Godred Crovan, King of Man and the Isles, who died in 1095, Lamont, 1966). Now leaning slightly to the WNW. it is aligned with its axis NNE and SSW; appearing almost square in elevation, it measures 2.2m by 0.5m at the base and 2.2m in height. Less than 1m to the S is what appears to be the stump of a smaller standing stone: measuring 0.8m by 0.2m, it is aligned NNW and SSE and projects through the turf to a maximum height of 0-3m. About 3m to the ESE there is a second stump, of similar dimensions, aligned N and S.

Books and References

Celoria, F (1959) Preliminary handbook to Islay,
Page(s): No. 8/16

Lamont, W D (1966) The early history of Islay (500 -1726), [S.l.]
Page(s): 16 Held at RCAHMS D.11.13.ISL

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. 35, 74 Held at RCAHMS Ref

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