St Mary's Priory

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Alternative Names St Mary's Isle
Site Type PRIORY
Canmore ID 63909
Site Number NX64NE 3
NGR NX 6749 4927
Council DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Parish KIRKCUDBRIGHT
Former Region DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Former District STEWARTRY
Former County KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NX64NE 3 6749 4927.

(NX 6749 4927) (Site of) St Mary's Priory (NR) (Augustinian)
OS 6" map (1957)

No trace remains of the Augustinian Priory on St Mary's Isle. It is first mentioned in a charter of 1189, so there may be some substance in the unsupported allegation that it was founded by Fergus of Galloway in 1161. It was a cell of Holyrood Abbey, but was virtually independent by 1511/12, and was becoming ruinous by that time. The priory lands were finally granted to James Lidderdale and his son in 1608.
The Earl of Selkirk (Name Book 1849) considers that the S wall of the mansion house was part of the old priory (see also NX64NE 2). Harper, however, states that the old mansion has been removed and a new building is being built in its place.
D E Easson 1957; I B Cowan letter to D E Easson 1964; M Harper 1896

The published site is covered by coniferous trees. The mansion has been demolished.
Visited by OS (WDJ) 8 January 1971.

 
Books and References

Brooke, C J (2000) Safe sanctuaries: security and defence in Anglo-Scottish border churches 1290-1690, Edinburgh
Page(s): 355, 363, 367 Held at RCAHMS F.5.31.BRO

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

Easson, D E (1957a) Medieval religious houses in Scotland: with an appendix on the houses in the Isle of Man, London
Page(s): 82 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.EAS

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