Edinburgh, Blackfriars' Dominican Monastery

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Site Type FRIARY
Canmore ID 52514
Site Number NT27SE 51
NGR NT 2611 7348
Council EDINBURGH, CITY OF
Parish EDINBURGH (EDINBURGH, CITY OF)
Former Region LOTHIAN
Former District CITY OF EDINBURGH
Former County MIDLOTHIAN
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Architectural Notes

REFERENCE: NMRS HISTORICAL FILE
4 pages of text giving history and details of site of Blackfriars Monastery -filed under "THE HIGH SCHOOL OF EDINBURGH, THE ORIGINAL SCHOOLS AND THE SCHOOL OF 1578"

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Archaeological Notes

NT27SE 51 2615 7348.

(Name: NT 2615 7348) Site of (NAT) Friary (NR) (Dominican - Founded AD. 1230)
OS 25"map, (1968)

The Blackfriars' (Dominican) Friary occupied a large area lying between the Cowgate and Drummond Street, W of the Pleasance and E of the end of Infirmary Street. The ground was given by Alexander II in 1230. The buildings were partly destroyed in 1528 and 1544, but were later repaired, to be finally destroyed by Reformers in 1559. The lands and possessions of this house were given to the magistrates and Town Council of Edinburgh in 1566-7.
RCAHMS 1951; D E Easson 1957.

No trace remains of this friary. Its site is now built up.
Visited by OS (J L D) 26 December 1953.

 
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): 99 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.EAS.R

Cowan, W (1912) 'The site of the Black Friars' monastery from the Reformation to the present day', The Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, vol.5
Page(s): 67-93 Held at RCAHMS D.8.41.BLA

Easson, D E (1957a) Medieval religious houses in Scotland: with an appendix on the houses in the Isle of Man, London
Page(s): 99 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.EAS

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