Township: Kenovay

Map Reference: Kenovay 6?- location unknown - Balephetrish or Kenovay

Name Type: church

Meaning: ‘Chapel (possible) and Burial-ground, Kenovay: the remains of the former burial- ground of Kilfinnian comprise an enclosure of irregular pentagonal plan...In the south-east quarter of the enclosure there are the turf-covered remains of a small oblong building, partly surrounded by a scatter of boulders which may represent burial-markers...The orientation of the building lends some support to its identification as a chapel (Name Book 1878; E Beveridge 1903) but its remains are otherwise untypical of structures of this class. The burial-ground, which is marked on Turnbull’s map of 1768, is said to have been used occasionally as a place of interment for still-born children, and it was reported at the beginning of this century that the latest burial had taken place some sixty years previously. The dedication was evidently to St Finnen [but see Cill Fhinnein below]’ (Canmore website accessed 8/2015; Canmore ID 21428).

Other Forms: Kilfinnan - Map of Tiree, reduced from a survey of the island by Langlands, in the possession of His Grace, The Duke of Argyll. Reproduced in The Island of Tiree by William Reeves, Ulster Journal of Archaeology, volume 2, 1854, p 233-244.

Cill-Fhinnain “Local tradition here seems to be correct when it says that only unbaptised children were buried here.” - Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree, Hector MacDougall and Rev. Hector Cameron, Archibald Sinclair, p88.

Cill-fhinnein - ONB p77. "A faint mark of an old burying place in the district of Kenovay, where....?." John Gregorson Campbell, Mr MacQuarrie, Hynish, and Hugh MacLean, farmer, Cornaig.

Cladh Chill Finnein - HAMcC

Related Places: Note another Cill-fhinnein in Balephetrish, ONB p58 JH.


Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: W. Reeves, Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 2, 1854, p233-244, quoting Langlands' map.

Informant 2: OS

Informant 3: Hugh Archie MacCallum, Whitehouse, 2/2010