9.9 Chapel of the Virgin Mary, Nuntown, Benbecula
The ruined medieval chapel sits in a graveyard which is still in use. The chapel was rectangular and would have had a pitched roof. The walls would have been much higher – you can see the top part of the door in the west wall.
According to oral tradition, this was the site of a nunnery associated with the 12th century monastic foundation in Iona and that the land was given by the grandson of Somerled whose successors ruled the Hebrides until the late 15th century.
Teampull Mhuire is the only early Christian site on Benbecula which is still in use. In the 19th century, a hand bell – perhaps of religious origin – was found here but its whereabouts are not known today.
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