Located in the parish of Kilmuir, the site of Cille Pheadair shows no trace of the chapel which presumably existed in the past and [simple_tooltip content='Beveridge, E. 1911. North Uist: its archaeology and topography; with notes upon the early history of the Outer Hebrides (Edinburgh).']Beveridge (1911, 296)[/simple_tooltip] states that the burial ground has ‘been exposed in course of ploughing the field’. There is an early medieval cross made of gneiss at the site ([simple_tooltip content='Fisher, I. 2001. Early medieval sculpture in the West Highlands and Islands (Edinburgh).']Fisher 2001, 110[/simple_tooltip]).
Little can be said about the dating of the church since no traces of it remain and without further evidence it is very difficult to say anything with certainty about the dating of the dedication to St Peter. Other dedications to St Peter, in particular Cille Pheadair in South Uist, may lend support to a potentially early date for this site. At the very least, they demonstrate that place-names with dedications to St Peter in the Hebrides were coined in the medieval period. [simple_tooltip content='Beveridge, E. 1911. North Uist: its archaeology and topography; with notes upon the early history of the Outer Hebrides (Edinburgh).']Beveridge (1911, 296)[/simple_tooltip] believed that the name St. Patricius recorded by [simple_tooltip content='Speed, J. 1610. ‘The Kingdome of Scotland / performed by John Speed’ (NLS National Library of Scotland) <https://maps.nls.uk/scotland/rec/134>.']Speed (1610)[/simple_tooltip] (and other pre-Blaeu maps) may have referred to this site, but this is unlikely considering its location on the map (see St Columba’s Chapel for further discussion).
[simple_tooltip content='OS Name Books, Inverness-shire Ordnance Survey Name Books, 1876-1878. ScotlandsPlaces <https://scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/digital-volumes/ordnance-survey-name-books/inverness-shire-os-name-books-1876-1878>.']OS Name Books (OS1/18/6/31)[/simple_tooltip]: ‘This name is applied to the site of an ancient chapel and grave yard now disused. There is no trace of the building to be seen, but where the chapel is said to have been, there are plenty of human bones to be found on the surface of the ground which is at present under crop. It is situate[d] 9 chains in a N Easterly direction from the ruin of the old farm house called Kilphedder […] The name Cille-pheadair signif[ies] “St Peter's Burying Place”.’
- Grid reference: NF726743
[simple_tooltip content='Scottish Gaelic']G[/simple_tooltip] cill ‘a church, chapel, churchyard, burial ground, hermit’s cell’ + [simple_tooltip content='personal name']pn[/simple_tooltip] Peter (apostle)
(St Peter’s Church)
[simple_tooltip content='Ainslie, J. 1789. ‘Scotland, Drawn from a Series of Angles and Astronomical Observations’ (NLS National Library of Scotland) <https://maps.nls.uk/joins/807.html>.']1789 Ainslie[/simple_tooltip] Killifedder
[simple_tooltip content='Huddart, J. 1794. ‘A New Chart of the West Coast of Scotland from the Point of Ardnamurchan to Cape Wrath’ (NLS National Library of Scotland) <https://maps.nls.uk/coasts/chart/827>.']1794 Huddart[/simple_tooltip] Kilifeder
[simple_tooltip content='Heather, W. 1804. ‘A New and Improved Chart of the Hebrides. Or Lewis Islands and Adjacent Coast of Scotland…’ (NLS National Library of Scotland) <https://maps.nls.uk/coasts/chart/828>.']1804 Heather[/simple_tooltip] Kilifeder
[simple_tooltip content='Arrowsmith, A. 1807. ‘Map of Scotland Constructed from Original Materials’ (NLS National Library of Scotland) <https://maps.nls.uk/joins/747.html>.']1807 Arrowsmith[/simple_tooltip] Killipheder
[simple_tooltip content='Six-inch 1st edition Ordnance Survey Maps of Scotland, 1843-1882 <https://maps.nls.uk/os/6inch/index.html>.']OS 6-inch[/simple_tooltip] Cille Pheadair/Kilphedder