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Primary ReferenceNJ26SE0005
NameURQUHART PRIORY
NRHE Card No.NJ26SE6
NRHE Numlink 16577
HES SM No.
HES LB No.
Site Form Documentary Record Only
Site Condition Destroyed
Details Urquhart Priory was a Benedictine order, founded by David I in 1124 and dedicated to the Holy Trinity, with Dunfermline as its mother house. On 12 March 1453/4 Pope Nicholas V issued a Bull uniting the priory with Pluscarden Priory (NJ15NW0006). This was thought to have been initiated by John Benale, Prior of Urquhart, who had petitioned the Pope suggesting that both houses should be united. Both priories appeared to have suffered from both spiritual and material reduction, as at that time Urquhart had 2 monks and Pluscarden six. The buildings at Pluscarden were thought to have been larger and easier to repair than Urquhart. It was subsequently abandoned. It is now completely destroyed although stones, potsherds and slag are occasionally found. A lintel stone from Garmouth ( NJ 2831 6269) and a flat stone bearing a cross inside a church hall (NJ 2885 6269) are both thought to have come from the priory. A number of features are visible as crop marks on a vertical aerial photograph taken in 1976, including several rectilinear enclosures which probably represent the foundations of buildings. There is also a linear feature which may be a ditch or line of a priory outer wall. A few coins and a seal have been found by metal detectorists. This has also been suggested to be the possible site of a crannog.
Last Update20/06/2016
Updated Bynackerman
Compiler 
Date of Compilation17/11/1976

Easting: 329308.254114548, Northing: 863032.117586499

Google Map for NJ26SE0005

National Grid Reference: NJ 2930 6303



Event Details

Event DateEvent TypeOASIS ID
1976 Metal Detecting

Excavations and Surveys


Artefact and Ecofact

Date MDate YArtefact TypeFinderRecovery MethodConditionStorage LocationAccess No.
   POTTERY SHERDS Stray Find  
01976 SILVER COINS Metal Detecting Personal Possession  
01976 SILVER BUCKLE Metal Detecting Personal Possession  

Ecofact

Samples
Palynology
Ecofact Notes

Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
PRIORIES SITE OFA100
LINTELSSTONE B100
CROSS-SLABS  C100
COINSSILVER D100
BUCKLESSILVER E100
POTTERY  F100
BONES SHEEPG100
SHELLS OYSTERH100
SLAGIRON I100
CROPMARKS AP VISIBLEJ100
ENCLOSURESRECTANGULARREMAINS OFK100
SEALS  L100
PRIORIES BENEDICTINEM100
CRANNOGS SITE OFN20