9.3 St. John’s Chapel, Bragar, Isle of Lewis
Head west from the crofting township of Bragar to find the medieval chapel of Teampull Eoin – St John The Baptist – on a small headland next to the beach.
The ruins of the chapel lie within a graveyard that is still in use today. The building was in two parts – a nave with a chancel at the east end. The nave is about 6 metres long and the chancel just over 2 metres. Most Hebridean chapels of this period only have one room. It was probably built in the 15th century.
St John’s is also known as Cill Sgàire. Sgàire is thought to be a Norse name and is sometimes anglicized as Zachariah or Zachary.
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