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St Mackessog's Chapel, ~eccles, Drymen
NS 487 847 (accurate position)
Six-figure easting & northing
Chapelcroft of St Mackessog, Drymen (0.14 miles)
St Vildrin's Well, Drymen (0.61 miles)
Blane Water, Strathblane & Killearn (1.25 miles)
Blaneswell, settlement Killearn (1.58 miles)
Drymen, parish (2.22 miles)
Is linear feature?
The existence of this chapel is evidenced by the nearby place-name Chapelcroft of St Mackessog (q.v.) also in Drymen. The site is on a hill called Knockinhaglish (G cnoc na h-eaglaise 'hill of the church') and the archaeology is also suggestive of the presecne of an early chapel here. The archaeology marked on modern OS maps is that of a Cashel. But Canmore notes of this cashel-site: 'Smith (1896), considered that this was probably the site of a church of St Kessog, and recorded that "remains of buildings" could still be traced in his time. Nothing survives today, but the account of the site given in the Ordnance Survey Name Book (ONB 1860) says that the authorities consulted stated that "a number of years ago when it was trenched and planted, there were raised several human bones and the foundation of an old building."
Relationships with other parishes
Within Drymen, parish