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St Mary's Priory

Priory (Medieval)

Site Name St Mary's Priory

Classification Priory (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) St Mary's Isle

Canmore ID 63909

Site Number NX64NE 3

NGR NX 6749 4927

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Kirkcudbright
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Stewartry
  • Former County Kirkcudbrightshire

Archaeology 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.


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