Elgin, Franciscan Friary


Site Name Elgin, Franciscan Friary

Classification Friary

Alternative Name(s) Dumfermline Cottage; Greyfriars Monastery

Canmore ID 16697

Site Number NJ26SW 8

NGR NJ 2189 6283

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Moray
  • Parish Elgin
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Moray
  • Former County Morayshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ26SW 8.00 2189 6283

(NJ 2188 6282) Dumfermline Cottage on site of Greyfriars Monastery (NR)

OS 25" map 1871.

NJ26SW 8.01 NJ 218 628 Cottage; cellar; watching brief

It has been supposed that this house of the Friars Minorite occupied the site of Mr Cooper's House and garden, where some ancient foundations and vaults below were visible until lately.

L Shaw 1882.

Dunfermline House occupies the site of the Grey Friars Monastery.

H B Mackintosh 1924.

The first Franciscan House was on the south side of the High Street (as OS 25" map 1871).

R G Cant and I G Lindsay 1954.

About 1281 the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual received lands for the upkeep of their order 'who for the time or in the future may be in occupation of their house in Elgin beside the Cathedral' but this settlement must have been temporary as an alternative use of the lands came into operation.

D E Easson 1958.

Dunfermline House is at NJ 2189 6283. No further information.

Visited by OS (RDL) 11 December 1962.

NJ 218 627. Seven trenches excavated on site. Limited amount of medieval activity indicated by some shallow features and relatively small amount of medieval pottery. Base of 19th century wall uncovered and large amount of 19th century pottery. No evidence of friary building.

R Cachart 1989.



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