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Eilean Munde

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Eilean Munde is a small island in Loch Leven, close to Ballachulish. It is the site of a chapel built by St. Fintan Mundus , who travelled here from Iona in the 7th Century. The church was burnt in 1495 and rebuilt in the 16th Century. The last service in the church was held in July, 1653. The island is the site of a graveyard once used by the Stewarts of Ballachulish, the MacDonalds of Glencoe and the Camerons of Callart. The clans shared the island and the maintenance of the graveyard, even when there was conflict between them. The last burial took place in 1972, of Mrs Christina MacDonald Sharpe. a native of Glencoe.
Near Eilean Munde is a smaller island, Eilean a' Chomhraidh or the Isle of Discussion. This was the meeting-place of those persons who had disputes with their neighbours on the land question, and perhaps on other matters besides. When their disputes had been settled satisfactorily the erstwhile disputants sailed up the loch to Eilean na Bainne . This is the Isle of Covenant or Ratification; here the agreements were drawn up and sealed. Eilean na Bainne is spelled Ylen na Ban in Timothy Pont's map of the area.


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