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Perth, King Street, Carthusian Monastery

Dovecot (Period Unassigned), Monastery (15th Century)(Possible)

Site Name Perth, King Street, Carthusian Monastery

Classification Dovecot (Period Unassigned), Monastery (15th Century)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Hospital Street

Canmore ID 28297

Site Number NO12SW 14

NGR NO 1154 2339

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Perth
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NO12SW 14.00 1154 2339.

NO12SW 14.01 NO 115 233 fish pond

(NO 1154 2339) Supposed Site of Carthusian Monastery (NR)

OS 1:500 map, Perth, 1863.

In 1426 the prior of Grande Charteuse authorised the erection of a house near Perth for thirteen monks. James I in 1429 gave a charter to the monastery of Vallis Kirtutis of the Carthusian order near Perth: By 1434 the nunnery of St Leonard (NO12SW 63) and the hospital, of St Mary Magdalene (NO12SW 29) had been annexed to it. The charterhouse was added and destroyed in May 1559, and finally suppressed in 1602.

D E Easson 1957.

The Carthusian Monastery erected sometime between 1426 and 1429, was situated near to where King James VI's hospital now stands...

T H Marshall 1849.

In 1633 the Kirk-Session ordered the repair of the Dovecote within the precinct of the Charterhouse.

R S Fittes 1885

The plans of Perth dated 1774 and 1792 mark its site quite close to the South side of King James the Sixth's Hospital.

Information from Rutherford's plan of 1774 and McFarlane's plan of 1792.

A monument situated at the court of Hospital and King Street - NO 1154 2346 - sites that 'within these grounds stood the Carthusian Monastry founded by King James I of Scotland, in 1429'.

Visited by OS (J L D) 14 December 1960.


Publication Account (1982)

Perth boasts the only Carthusian monastery founded in Scotland. Known as the 'Vale of Virtue' the monastery was built about 1429 just beyond the south-west corner of the corner near the site of the present King James VI hospital. Perhaps because the order's raison d'etre was strictly cloistered self-sufficiency, the prior and brother were free of feudal services, tolls and customs, and they were allowed to take a conduit from the lade for a water supply (Stavert, 1981, 20). Its founders, Joan of Beaufort and her consort King James I were both buried there. It was the first religious house in Perth to be destroyed by the reforming mob in May 1559.

Information from ‘Historic Perth: The Archaeological Implications of Development’ (1982).


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