Lanark, Franciscan Friary

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Alternative Names Clydesdale Hotel
Site Type FRIARY
Canmore ID 46585
Site Number NS84SE 23
NGR NS 8804 4367
Former District CLYDESDALE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NS84SE 23 8804 4367

(NS 8804 4367) Site of Franciscan Monastery (NR)
OS 1:500 map (1860)

On the site of the new Assembly Room (at the Clydesdale Hotel) stood a monastery of Franciscan or Grey Friars (W Davidson 1828). There is reason to believe that the original houses in Broomgate, extending from the shop at the NW corner to the to the Butts or lodge at Castlebank, were the monastic buildings.
H Davidson 1910.

The monastic establishment would probably include the area bounded by Bloomgate, Broomgate, Friars Lane and the Butts i.e. area centred NS 8798 4360. A tablet on the wall of the Clydesdale Hotel states: "This building, formerly the New Inn, stands on the site of the Monastery of the Greyfriars".
Visited by OS (JFC) 31 March 1955.

Robert I, the founder, granted the Franciscan Friars Minor, a site for a convent between 1325 and 1329. The place and lands of the friary were leased to James Lockhart of Lee before the Reformation, and by 1566 the stonework was being removed.
D E Easson 1957.

Books and References

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

Davidson, H (1910) Lanark: a series of papers by the late Hugh Davidson, writer, FSA Scot, FRSE: with a biographical sketch by the Rev. Robert Logan, [s.l.] (Edinburgh)
Page(s): 9 Held at RCAHMS D.11.53.LAN

Davidson, W (1828) History of Lanark,
Page(s): 35

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