Beauly Priory

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Alternative Names Beauly, High Street, Priory; War Memorial Plaque
Canmore ID 12700
Site Number NH54NW 5
NGR NH 52758 46489
Former Region HIGHLAND
Former District INVERNESS
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NH54NW 5 52758 46489

(NH 5276 4649) Priory (NR) (In Ruins)
OS 6" map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1907).

Church now roofless.
(Undated) information in NMRS.

Full description in MoW guide
W D Simpson 1954.

Beauly Priory is as described in the attached guide. It is under the care of the Dept of Environment and open to the general public.
Visited by OS (J B), 23 June 1975.

NH 5276 4649 A watching brief was undertaken at Beauly Priory (NMRS NH54NW 5) in November and December 1999 during a programme of trenching and topsoil removal to alleviate the poor drainage within the priory church.
The works were concentrated in the nave and choir of the priory church, the cloister and the S chapel. Approximately 100mm of turf, topsoil and gravel was removed, followed by the cutting of shallow drain trenches.
A number of broken, or deeply set grave slabs were located, and an opportunity taken to examine and photograph structural elements at the base of the church walls. The complete absence of finds, however, suggested that a clear-out of the church interior had taken place at some stage, followed by extensive landscaping operations.
Sponsor: Historic Scotland
D Stewart 2000

NH 5276 4649 An archaeological watching brief was undertaken on the excavation for a floodlighting scheme within the Scheduled area of Beauly Priory. No archaeological features or deposits of interest were revealed.
Full report deposited in Highland SMR and the NMRS.
Sponsor: Highland Council.
S Farrell 2002.

Remains of Priory
(Cistercian Formerly Valliscaulian
Founded 1230) [NAT]
Mausoleum [NAT] (at NH 52770 46503)
Graveyard [NAT] (name centred NH 52718 46486)
OS (GIS) MasterMap, August 2010.

30 May 2012

Notes NH 5271 4646 A watching brief was carried out on 30 May 2012 during the excavation of a trench for a new information board. Nothing of archaeological significance was recorded.
Archive: RCAHMS (intended)
Funder: Historic Scotland

Paul Fox, Kirkdale Archaeology


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February 2014 to July 2014

Notes A data upgrade project to record war memorials.

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Books and References

Barron, J (1898c) 'Monastries in the north - Beauly Priory', Trans Inverness Sci Soc Fld Club, vol.4
Page(s): 130-7

Close-Brooks, J (1995a) The Highlands, Exploring Scotland's Heritage series, ed. by Anna Ritchie Edinburgh
Page(s): (no.62), 22, 112, 120-1 Held at RCAHMS A.1.4.HER

Farrell, S (2002) 'Beauly Priory, Highland (Kilmorack parish), watching brief', Discovery Excav Scot, vol.3
Page(s): 73

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