It is with great sadness that we have to report the theft of the famous hand bell from the chapel on the Green Isle / Saint Finnan's Isle in Loch Shiel. At a recent presentation in May 2019 by Dr George Geddes, of Historic Environment Scotland, to the Moidart History Group, we were told that this  bell probably dated from 900 AD. The clapper was modern and 19 such bells exist in Scotland, 75 in Ireland. The bell was secured to the stonework by means of a substantial chain and it seems patently obvious that the thief/thieves knew exactly what they needed in order to remove the bell from its niche beside the crucifix in the east gable. The bell had been stolen previously in 1715 by a soldier from the Hanoverian army - but was obviously returned. The bell was used in the procession to greet the departed brought by boat from the mainland for burial. It has been rung on every occasion Orthodox Christians have visited this sacred place in the manner bells are normally rung whilst singing the Thrice Holy Hymn or Christ is Risen! and a very sonorous bell it is too! We can only pray that decency will prevail.