Linlithgow, St Magdalene's Hospital

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Alternative Names St Magdalene's Hospitium Or Hostillarie
Canmore ID 49189
Site Number NT07NW 20
NGR NT 0112 7714
Former Region LOTHIAN
Former District WEST LOTHIAN
Former County WEST LOTHIAN
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NT07NW 20 0112 7714.

(NT 0112 7714) Supposed Site of (NAT) St Magdalene's Hospitium or Hostillarie (NR)
OS 6" map (1856)

The Hospital of St Mary Magdalene is first mentioned in 1335. The suggestion that it provided for pilgrims is apparently mere guesswork, based on the fact that there is a "Pilgrims' Hall" in the vicinity. According to a charter of 1528, this was a poor's hospital, with a chapel and a cemetery. Its lands were alienated before 1 June 1591. Spottiswoode states that this hospital was "formerly governed by the Lazarites". There is no evidence of this. There are references c.1251 to land held by this order in the territory of "Kathlac" (possibly Cathlaw: NS 9872), but no connection between this land or this order and St Mary Magdalene's hospital is indicated.
D E Easson 1957

In origin this may have been a hospital for lepers as payments to the Lazar House, as distinct from the alms-house, of Linlithgow are recorded in the mid-15th century.
I B Cowan 1964

This site is now occupied by a warehouse. No further information.
Visited by OS (BS) 20 March 1974.

Books and References

Cachart and Hall, R and D W (1998) Gazetteer of medieval hospital sites in Angus, Dundee, Perth and Kinross and East, Mid and West Lothian council areas, [S.l.]
Page(s): 47-48 Held at RCAHMS E.13.1.CAT

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): 185 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): 150 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.EAS.R

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