Duff House, Mausoleum And St Mary's Well

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Alternative Names Carmelite Monastery; Our Lady Chapel; St Mary's Chapel; Duff House Estate; Duff House Policies
Site Type CHAPEL, HOLY WELL, MAUSOLEUM, MONASTERY
Canmore ID 18468
Site Number NJ66SE 8.04
NGR NJ 68043 62826
Council ABERDEENSHIRE
Parish BANFF
Former Region GRAMPIAN
Former District BANFF AND BUCHAN
Former County BANFFSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc NJ 68043 62826 and NJ 67974 62786

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Architectural Notes

NJ66SE 8.04 68043 62826 and 67974 62786

BUILT: 1791.

INTERNAL REFERENCE:
Robert Brydall drawings (large) - 1 drawing of slab; 1 drawing of effigy; 2 prints.

EXTERNAL REFERENCE:
National Library
'Lord Fife and his Factor' by Alistair and Henrietta Taylor

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Archaeological Notes

NJ66SE 8.04 68043 62826 and 67974 62786

(NJ 6803 6282) Mausoleum on site of St Mary's Chapel (NR)
(NJ 6797 6278) St Mary's Well (NR)
OS 6" map, (1938)

See also NJ66SE 93 and NJ66SE 103.

Our Lady Chapel near Banff was bestowed upon the Carmelite Friars in 1321 by Robert I who confirmed it to them in 1324 along with land for the erection of a church and monastery.
In 1574 James VI granted the lands, buildings and revenues formerly belonging to this house to King's College, Aberdeen.
D E Easson 1957.

This is the actual site of the convent of the Carmelites. It is confirmed locally that the foundations of the old church or chapel of St Mary were where the Fife Mausoleum now stands. The churchyard is described as having been of large extent.
A G Smith 1895.

The water of St Marys Well is piped into a small stone basin on the pathway beneath. This basin was probably the holy water font belonging to the chapel for it is said to have been dug out of its ruins.
A Chisholm 1884.

No traces of St Mary's Chapel can now be found. The Mausoleum built on the site is probably of early 19th century date.
St Mary's Well consists of a wall of mortared stone c.5.0m long and c.1.4m high built in to the natural slopes at NJ 6797 6278. In the centre of the wall is a small stone lined U-shaped niche at the bottom of which is a pool of water. A narrow stone ledge runs along the face of the wall on either side of the Aisle.
Visited by OS (WDJ) 5 October 1961.

Site as described by Johnston (1961). Against the W wall of the Fife Mausoleum, probably built c.1750 at the same time as Duff House (information from Mr R Cairns, Banff Education Department), there is a medieval tomb or monument with reclining figure, incorporating a modern plaque verifying the information provided by Easson (1957).
Mr Cairns believes that the Carmelite Monastery was probably in the vicinity of Carmelite Street in Banff, possibly at 6898 6397 where a pieta was unearthed during excavations for a new building some years ago. The pieta is in Banff Museum.
Visited by OS (NKB), 1 February 1968.

1884
 REFERENCE

Notes The water of St Marys Well is piped into a small stone basin on the pathway beneath. This basin was probably the holy water font belonging to the chapel for it is said to have been dug out of its ruins.
Chisholm 1884.

Further details

1895
 REFERENCE

Notes This is the actual site of the convent of the Carmelites. It is confirmed locally that the foundations of the old church or chapel of St Mary were where the Fife Mausoleum now stands. The churchyard is described as having been of large extent.
A G Smith 1895.

Further details

1957
 REFERENCE

Notes Our Lady Chapel near Banff was bestowed upon the Carmelite Friars in 1321 by Robert I who confirmed it to them in 1324 along with land for the erection of a church and monastery.
In 1574 James VI granted the lands, buildings and revenues formerly belonging to this house to King's College, Aberdeen.
D E Easson 1957.

Further details

5 October 1961
 FIELD VISIT

Notes No traces of St Mary's Chapel can now be found. The Mausoleum built on the site is probably of early 19th century date.
St Mary's Well consists of a wall of mortared stone c.5.0m long and c.1.4m high built in to the natural slopes at NJ 6797 6278. In the centre of the wall is a small stone lined U-shaped niche at the bottom of which is a pool of water. A narrow stone ledge runs along the face of the wall on either side of the Aisle.
Visited by OS (WDJ) 5 October 1961.

Further details

1 February 1968
 FIELD VISIT

Notes Site as described by Johnston (1961). Against the W wall of the Fife Mausoleum, probably built c.1750 at the same time as Duff House (information from Mr R Cairns, Banff Education Department), there is a medieval tomb or monument with reclining figure, incorporating a modern plaque verifying the information provided by Easson (1957).
Mr Cairns believes that the Carmelite Monastery was probably in the vicinity of Carmelite Street in Banff, possibly at 6898 6397 where a pieta was unearthed during excavations for a new building some years ago. The pieta is in Banff Museum.
Visited by OS (NKB) 1 February 1968.

Further details

 
External Links

Scottish Church Heritage Research (SCHR)


 
Books and References

Chisholm, A (1884) 'Wells', Trans Banffshire Fld Club
Page(s): 38

Cowan and Easson, I B and D E (1976) 'Medieval religious houses, Scotland: with an appendix on the houses in the Isle of Man', London
Page(s): 135-6 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.COW

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): 114 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.EAS.R

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