The Clow Chapel, Watten

National Grid Reference (NGR): ND 23310 52450, map


Address

Scouthal Burn
Caithness
Scotland

Description

The Clow Chapel, Watten

Construction materials: Stone - Used for walls;

The Clow Chapel, dedicated to St Mary, was excavated by Glasgow University in the mid 1970s. They discovered a stone chapel with a nave around 8m by 5. 3m and chancel 4. 6m by 3. 3m. There was a built altar against the east wall. The doorway, towards the east end of the south wall, had three steps down into the nave. Burials were found around and inside the chapel. Several of the burials were infants, and there was a tradition that this site was used to bury strangers and un-baptised children. The foundation stones of an earlier, smaller stone building were found in the nave. A definate boundary to the graveyard was not established. Some remains of houses were also partially excavated, and found to be of a much more recent date than the chapel. The site was backfilled and is now a grass-covered mound in a field. Across the road from the chapel is a well, which is known as The Monks Well, St Mary's Well and The Red Well. A broch is also located nearby, known as Carn a'Chlada (the graveyard cairn). Researched by G. Watson, compiled by J. Dowling, 15/9/2004.

Burial ground

Well