Elgin, Abbey Street, Convent Of Mercy, Greyfriars' Church

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Alternative Names Chapel; Franciscan Friary; Greyfriars' Street; Observantine House Of The Franciscan Friars
Canmore ID 16604
Site Number NJ26SW 11
NGR NJ 21944 62757
Council MORAY
Parish ELGIN
Former Region GRAMPIAN
Former District MORAY
Former County MORAYSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Architectural Notes


Architect: John Kinross - restoration, 1896.


Scottish Record Office:

Appeal for rebuilding Elgin Chapel.

The roof has collapsed and the building must be razed to the ground.

Letter to Lady Pitcalnie. It explains that the congregation requires financial help in order to rebuild.

1758 GD 199/227

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Archaeological Notes

NJ26SW 11.00 21944 62757

NJ26SW 11.01 21943 62746 Convent Buildings

(NJ 2193 6275) Greyfriars Church (NR) (Restored).
(NJ 2194 6273) Greyfriars' Monastery on site of Greyfriars' Monastery (NR)
OS 25" map, Morayshire, 2nd ed., (1905)

The architecture of Greyfriars, a ruin, is plainly that of the 15th century.
L Shaw 1882.

Of the Friary buildings the principal part remaining is the Church which was restored in 1896 during the course of which the conventual buildings grouped round a court to the south, were rebuilt on the old foundations,and incorporating some fragments of the old work, for use by a community of Sisters of Mercy.
R G Cant and I G Lindsay 1954.

The Observantine House of the Franciscan Friars was founded in Elgin in 1479 AD, passed into the possession of the burgh probably circa 1559 and was used as a court of justice from AD 1563.
D E Easson 1957.

The restored Greyfriars' Church is still in use as a place of worship and together with the building published as Greyfriars Monastery forms part of the Convent of Mercy, Greyfriars.
Visited by OS (R D L) 11 December 1962.

External Links

Scottish Church Heritage Research (SCHR)

Moray Historic Environment Record

Books and References

Cant and Lindsay, R G and I G (1954) Old Elgin: a description of old buildings illustrated with photographs and a map, Elgin
Page(s): 14-15 Held at RCAHMS D.5.43.ELG.P

Convent of Mercy (1954) Convent of Mercy, Greyfriars, Elgin, Scotland, {s.l.} (Elgin)
Held at RCAHMS D.5.43.ELG.P

Cowan and Easson, I B and D E (1976) Medieval religious houses in Scotland: with an appendix on the houses in the Isle of Man, London
Page(s): 109, 111 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.EAS.R

Easson, D E (1957a) Medieval religious houses in Scotland: with an appendix on the houses in the Isle of Man, London
Page(s): 109, 111 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.EAS

Fawcett, R (2002) Scottish medieval churches: architecture and furnishings, Stroud
Page(s): 37, 252, 271, 291, 335 Held at RCAHMS F.5.31.FAW

Rhind, W (ed.) (1839) Sketches of the past and present state of Moray, 'Illustrations drawn and sketched by D Alexander esq.' 'Edinburgh: Printed by Andrew Shortrede, Thistle Lane' Elgin
Page(s): 79 opp 79 Held at RCAHMS D.5.4.RHI.R

Shaw, L (1882) The history of the province of Moray: comprising the counties of Elgin and Nairn, the greater part of the County of Inverness, and a portion of the County of Banff - all called the Province of Moray before there was a division into counties, 3v London; Glasgow
Page(s): Vol. 2, 26 Held at RCAHMS D.5.4.SHA

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