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Publication Account

Date 1977

Event ID 1018427

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Publication Account


King Alexander II established a colony of preaching friars in Inverness at an unknown date. On 18th March 1436 the friary is said to have been almost ruinous in its structure and building (Cowan, 1976, 119). By the 1550s the colony of Dominicans had only five in number. A charter of 1559 records that the Black Friar's moveable property was placed in magisterial custody for safekeeping, but after the Reformation that property disappeared. All that remains of the friary buildings is an octagonal column of ashlar masonry with the remains of a springing arch (Ordnance Survey, Record Cards, Reference NH 64 NE 12).

Information from ‘Historic Inverness: The Archaeological Implications of Development’ (1977).

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