Lochalsh, parish, aka Kilchoan

Grid reference

NG 829 272 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

182900 827200





Nearby places

Kilchoan, eccles., Lochalsh (0 miles)

Angels' Hill, Lochalsh (0.18 miles)

Loch Anna, Lochalsh (3.22 miles)

Castle Donnan, Lochalsh (3.29 miles)

Eilean Donnan, Lochalsh (3.29 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?



NGR for the kirk at Kirkton of Lochalsh, early nineteenth century, on the site of an earlier kirk, which in turn was on the site of a church burned down in the fifteenth century (NMRS).


Parish details

Lochalsh formerly Kilchoan.

Parish TLA




Medieval diocese


Parish notes

The church, both in parsonage and vicarage, became a common church of the cathedral of Ross shortly after 1256, it being one of the churches of ‘Argyll’ so granted, and thereafter remaining so annexed (Vet. Mon. no.clxxxii; RSS v no.3173; Reg. of Pres. i 29). Cowan 1967, 135. Parish kirk dedicated to Comgan or Congan (Kilchoan 1640s Gordon/or 1590s Pont, county of Ross [Stone 1991, Plate 33]. See also Watson 1904, 189 & 1926, 281 (for which see also for other Comgan dedications). The land of Lochalsh, as part of North Argyll, was included among the lands of the earl of Ross, erected by King John into the sheriffdom of Skey in 1292 (APS i, 91, quoted OPS ii (2), 396 (Lochalsh ibid. pp.395-8). ‘It was in consequence of Alexander II granting North Argyle to the earl of Ross that it took the name of Ross-shire’ (Forbes, Kalendars, 310). But the latest ref. I have found to this area as ‘North Argyle’ is temp. David II (see RRS vi & Taylor forthcoming (Fillan).) Not mentioned in Shennon 1892.