Township: Kilkenneth

Map Reference: Kilkenneth 2

Name Type: church

Meaning: Kilkenneth | Township name. Drifting sand has covered the building to some extent. 'The walls of Kilkenneth Chapel are still in very complete preservation ... Immediately to the northeast corner is a rocky mound upon which lay many ancient human bones with at least one skull.' (Beveridge 1903, 152; Old Statistical Account Parish of Tiry 1794, 402) Oral tradition maintains that the last man to be buried here was a Feòras Kennedy (SSS card index B1 77/70/B2).

ScG Cill Choinnich 'the chapel dedicated to Saint Kenneth.' This is likely to have been Cainnech Achad Bó, a sixth-century Irish saint most famously associated with the church at Ossory, Kilkenny, and with several Scottish dedications.
One informant, however, gave the alias ScG Eaglais Choluim Chille (David McClounnan, Balephuil, 10/1994, oral source) 'the church of Saint Columba'.

Other Forms: Eaglais Chille Choinnich - Alasdair Sinclair, Greenhill, 5/1994

Eaglais Choluim Chille David McClounnan, Balephuil, 10/1994

Cill Choinnich - ONB

Teampall Chille Choinnich - Jean MacCallum, Balevullin, 4/2009

Related Places: Cladh Chille Choinnich.

Information:Neil Alec MacLean's (Hough) great great grandmother was the last person to be buried in Kilkenneth graveyard. He never heard of Eaglais Choluim Chille - Sandy MacKinnon (Sandaidh Ghobhainn), Kilkenneth, 12/1993 and 4/1995.

The last person buried there was the great great great grandfather of Neil Alec MacLean, a man called Feòras (Fitzroy) - Alasdair Sinclair, Greenhill, 8/1995.

Feoras Kennedy was the last man to be buried here - SSS card index B1 77/70/B2
"The chapel at Kilkenneth...they no longer bury here." Old Statistical Account 1791 by Rev Archibald McColl, p402.

The ONB says " a small enclosure formerly used as a burying place." "Close to the burying ground is the remains of an ancient chapel, and most probably one of the 15 mentioned in Fullarton's Imperial Gazeteer of Scotland."

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: OS

Informant 2: David McClounnan, Balephuil, 10/1994

Informant 3: Alasdair Sinclair, Greenhill, 5/1994