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TITLE
Cladh Chiarain, Camas nan Geall, Ardnamurchan
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0514
PLACENAME
Camas nan Geall
DISTRICT
Ardnamurchan
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10418
KEYWORDS
Camas nan Geall
Ardnamurchan
standing stones
burial grounds
forts
Cladh Chiarain
standing stone
burial ground
fort
Cladh Chiarain, Camas nan Geall, Ardnamurchan

This photograph, taken in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson, shows the burial ground called Cladh Chiarain at the ruined settlement of Camas nan Geall, on the southern shore of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. The two headstones against the wall date from the 18th century and are of the Campbells of Ardslignish. Beside the burial ground (far left) is a cross-inscribed standing stone.

Traditionally, the ground is attributed to St Ciaran mac an t-Saeir who is said to be buried there. Within the burial ground are three 18th-century funerary monuments and it may be that the burial ground was created for the Roman Catholic members of the family of Campbell of Ardslignish. The standing stone has not been shaped and may have been erected in the Bronze Age and subsequently carved with several motifs including an animal and a Latin cross. Other ancient monuments in the area include a chambered cairn, about 90 metres north of the burial ground, and a prehistoric fort overlooking the bay.

The photographer, Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson, was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927.

Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban


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Cladh Chiarain, Camas nan Geall, Ardnamurchan

ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan

20c

Camas nan Geall; Ardnamurchan; standing stones; burial grounds; forts; Cladh Chiarain; standing stone; burial ground; fort

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

This photograph, taken in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson, shows the burial ground called Cladh Chiarain at the ruined settlement of Camas nan Geall, on the southern shore of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. The two headstones against the wall date from the 18th century and are of the Campbells of Ardslignish. Beside the burial ground (far left) is a cross-inscribed standing stone.<br /> <br /> Traditionally, the ground is attributed to St Ciaran mac an t-Saeir who is said to be buried there. Within the burial ground are three 18th-century funerary monuments and it may be that the burial ground was created for the Roman Catholic members of the family of Campbell of Ardslignish. The standing stone has not been shaped and may have been erected in the Bronze Age and subsequently carved with several motifs including an animal and a Latin cross. Other ancient monuments in the area include a chambered cairn, about 90 metres north of the burial ground, and a prehistoric fort overlooking the bay.<br /> <br /> The photographer, Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson, was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927.<br /> <br /> Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.