Abbey St Bathans Church

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Alternative Names Abbey St Bathan's Kirk; St Bathan's Church; St Bathan's Convent
Canmore ID 58780
Site Number NT76SE 9
NGR NT 75852 62281
Former Region BORDERS
Former District BERWICKSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Architectural Notes

The National Library of Scotland contains among the 'Uncatelogued MSS of General Hutton and numbered 32 in Vol 11 a sketch of what is called St Bathan's Nunnery, the SE view and dated 1788. The ruins of the old church are situated on the Whiteadder Water about 6 miles nearly due S of Cockburnspath. It is said that no relics remain of the Priory for Cistercian Nuns founded at Abbey St Bathams in the XII century.

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Archaeological Notes

NT76SE 9.00 75852 62281

NT76SE 9.01 75863 62266 Churchyard

(NT 75852 62281) St Bathan's Church (NAT).
(NT 7586 6233) St Bathan's Convent (NR) (Site of).
OS 6" map, Berwickshire, 2nd ed.,(1908).

The parish church of Abbey St Bathans incorporates, in the east and north walls, late 14th century remains of the Church of the Priory of St Mary - a Cistercian nunnery founded in the late 12th or early 13th centuries (exact date unknown) and secularised in 1622.
The Priory church measured 58ft by 26ft but was contracted, about the end of the 18th century, by moving the west wall further east. Foundations have been observed to the east of the church and for a considerable distance to the west.
RCAHMS 1915; D E Easson 1957; New Statistical Account (NSA, J Wallace 1834), 1845.

St Bathan's Church is still in use for public worship: no foundations were seen and no further information was obtained locally.
Visited by OS(EGC) 9 May 1966.

Books and References

Baldwin, J (1997) Edinburgh, Lothians and the Borders, Exploring Scotland's Heritage series Edinburgh
Page(s): 132 No. 58 Held at RCAHMS A.1.4.HER

Baldwin, J R (1985) Exploring Scotland's heritage: Lothian and the Borders, Exploring Scotland's heritage series Edinburgh
Page(s): 93, no. 50 Held at RCAHMS A.1.4.HER

Brooke, C J (2000) Safe sanctuaries: security and defence in Anglo-Scottish border churches 1290-1690, Edinburgh
Page(s): 49-50 Held at RCAHMS F.5.31.BRO

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