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Munde, Eilean


(St. Munn's Isle)

A small uninhabited rocky island in Loch Leven, Eilean Munde (St. Munn's Isle) lies opposite Ballachulish a mile (1.5 km) west of Glencoe. The island gave its name to an ancient parish which once included Glencoe and a part of Appin. Located on the western side of the island are the ruins of a chapel dedicated to St. Fintan Mundus (St. Munn or St. Munde), who came here from Iona in the 7th Century. This became the parish church, but was destroyed by fire in 1495, rebuilt in the 16th Century and last used in 1653. Nearby is a graveyard which is the burial place of the Camerons of Callart, the MacDonalds of Glencoe and the Stewarts of Ballachulish and Ardsheal. Even in times where they were in conflict, these clans shared the maintenance of the island.


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