Kilvean, settlement, Inverness

Grid reference

NH 640 434 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

264000 843400







Nearby places

Balphadrig, Inverness & Bona (0.18 miles)

Kilvean, ~eccles, Inverness (0.25 miles)

Torvean, hill with fort, Inverness & Bona (0.51 miles)

Craig Phadrig, Inverness & Bona (1.12 miles)

St Andrews episcoplian cathedral, Inverness (1.72 miles)

Object Classification


Is linear feature?



The NGR given is for the modern buildings of Kilvean [Kilvean Lodge (which is the gatehouse of the crematorium and Kilvean Cemetery) and Kilvean Cottage nearby, also part of the cemetery complex]. In the absence of a clear location for the earlier settlement of Kilvean, this gives a reasonable approximation to its location. Groome's 'Ordnance Gazetteer for Scotland' records of this place and of nearby Torvean: 'The ridge of Torvean, already noticed, seems to take its name from Donald Bane, who was in 1187 killed in conflict with the garrison of Inverness. Part of it shows traces of an ancient hill fort; and in 1808, near the base, there was dug up a massive double-linked silver chain, now in the Antiquarian Society's Museum at Edinburgh. Some cairns near the fort are known as Kilvean or Kil-a-Bhean, the cell of Bean or Bane, who is by some identified as the islesman just mentioned, but according to others is Baithene (536-600), second abbot of Iona in succession to St Columba. The whole estate of Bucht, of which Torvean forms part, is said to be also called Kilvean.' The association of Torvean with Donald Bane, while interesting as an instance of local dindsenchas or toponymic folklore, is highly implausible.

Relationships with other parishes

Within Inverness & Bona

Relationships with other places

Adjacent Torvean, hill with fort, Inverness & Bona