Fidra, St Nicholas' Church

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Alternative Names Eldbottle
Site Type CHURCH
Canmore ID 56654
Site Number NT58NW 26
NGR NT 51 86
Former Region LOTHIAN
Former District EAST LOTHIAN
Former County EAST LOTHIAN
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc NT c. 51 86

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Archaeological Notes

NT58NW 26 c. 51 86.

The island of Elbottle (now known as Fidra - NT 51 86) was granted by William de Vaux to the Premonstratensian canons of Dryburgh and, about 1220, canons of that abbey were serving the church of St Nicholas there (see NT58NW 1). Lawrie (1905) calls this a 'cell', but that term exaggerates its status. About 1240, the foundation is specifically described as a 'chantry' (a somewhat unusual term in Scottish charters) in a charter providing for its termination on the island.
I B Cowan and D E Easson 1976; Liber de Dryburgh

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Books and References

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): 104 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.COW

Lawrie, A C (1905) Early Scottish charters prior to A.D. 1153, Glasgow
Page(s): 329 Held at RCAHMS C.1.1.LAW

Liber de Dryburgh (1848) Liber S Marie de Dryburgh Registorum Cartarum Abbacie Premonstratensis De Dryburgh, (Appendix to the Register of Dryburgh) Edinburgh
Page(s): Nos 23, 25-6, 104-5

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