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Beauly Priory,priory and burial ground

A Scheduled Monument in Aird and Loch Ness, Highland

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Latitude: 57.4845 / 57°29'4"N

Longitude: -4.4578 / 4°27'27"W

OS Eastings: 252755

OS Northings: 846473

OS Grid: NH527464

Mapcode National: GBR H8CY.8TN

Mapcode Global: WH3F7.H4HM

Entry Name: Beauly Priory,priory and burial ground

Scheduled Date: 6 February 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90031

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: effigy; Ecclesiastical: priory

Location: Kilmorack

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Aird and Loch Ness

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


Circa 1820; remodelled C and L Ower 1881. 3-storey and attic, 3-bay, classically-detailed terraced house. Coursed sandstone rubble, painted timber and cement rendered dressings, random rubble to rear, slate roof. Cill band to 1st and 2nd floor, eaves course, corniced blocking course with parapet and dies; architraved and corniced windows to ground floor in margined panels, architraved windows to 1st floor with pilastered and lugged margins to centre window, margined window to 2nd floor centre flanked by pilastered windows, slate-hung voluted

dormers with finialled round-headed scalloped pediments.

FRONT ELEVATION: wide 2-leaf panelled door to centre with moulded round-headed fanlight, pilastered doorpiece with polished Peterhead granite nookshafts, balcony above with arcaded balustrade, window to left and right, 3 windows to 1st and 2nd floor, 2 dormers.

REAR ELEVATION: irregular arrangement of single and bipartite windows; 2 canted dormers.

INTERIOR: not seen.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the well preserved remains of an important medieval monastery (one of very few north of the Highland line). Study of its standing remains and below-ground evidence has the potential to contribute to our understanding of monastic life, liturgical arrangements, architectural organisation and burial practices during the Middle Ages and later.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



DUNDEE YEAR BOOK (1888); McKean and Walker (1993), p73.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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