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Kilchatten Chapel (St Cathan's)

Located just uphill from the visitor entrance to Achamore gardens and the village hall you will find the remains of the former parish church of GighaSample Sketch and Cara, which was dedicated to St Cathan (an Irish missionary of the 6th Century). This church ruin probably dates from the Thirteenth Century, and is decorated with a fine lancet window in the east gable, and smaller single light window in the north wall.


The church appears to have been in use at the time of Martin Martin's visit in 1695, but some time during the early 18th Century it was replaced by a new church sited opposite the current hotel. (A small section of wall can be seen in the hotel car park). The tall deeply splayed East lancet window has an incised Latin cross on the left hand side. The existing semicircular head replaces an original pointed arch stone.


Sample sketch 2The medieval font shown on the back page of the leaflet(based on a sketch by Captain T.P.White) is now preserved in the current parish church. Captain T.P.White also recorded the carved grave slabs which completely fill the church interior in his book “Archaeological Sketches in Scotland:Knapdale and Gigha” (1875). Almost the entire floor is covered with graveslabs. There are a total of 33 fragments, some of which have been exposed following the recent conservation work. Some of the slabs are illustrated in here. The gravestones date from the 15th Century or earlier, they are unique examples containing fine carving. The carving is similar to designs found elsewhere in Knapdale, Islay and Jura.


They are delicate and we would be grateful if you could avoid walking on them. Please look here for a detailed survey of the inscriptions.


Small scale repairs were undertaken in the Ninetieth and early Twentieth Centuries. During the summer of 2010 the church walls were conserved and consolidated, and turf capped. The work also included the addition of stainless steel ties trough the North wall and part of the South wall. This work was possible due to the generosity of the islanders, private donors, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Historic Scotland. The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust have now committed themselves to preserving the site.

Renovation on Kilchatten

We would be grateful for any donations to help with the preservation and access to the heritage sites on Gigha. Please contact the IGHT Office if you would like to make a donation.


Please feel free to download a copy of our leaflet for the site here.

 

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