Site: Bressay

Name:Bressay CISP No:BREAY
Place:Bressay Grid Ref:HU 5210 4230 (GB)   Map
Parish:Shetland Stones:1
County:Shetland , Scotland Saint(s):none
Site Type:cemetery

Site Notes

Forsyth/1996, 117--118: `...a piece of waste land near the old churchyard of Cullingsburgh (formerly known as Culbinsgarth) ... The ruined church of St. Mary's at Cullingsburgh is surrounded by a very old burying-ground ... the discovery of the cross-slab surely suggests some kind of Christian foundation there in the early medieval period. ... Very little is known of pre-Norse Bressay. The old churchyard is immediately adjacent to a very ruinous broch which has not been excavated. ... Within a few hundred yards is Papil Geo, (<Papabyl `priests dwelling') a place-name which incorporates the Norse word for Celtic ecclesiastics, papar'.