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6th July 2014 - Event closed

Lincluden Collegiate Church


Lincluden Abbey

Lincluden Abbey


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In the late 14th century the area became part of the fief of Archibald the Grim, Lord of Galloway, and latterly Archibald the Grim, 3rd Earl of Douglas. The nuns at Lincluden had reputedly broken their vows of chastity and were guilty of licentious behaviour, Douglas with an eye on the revenues from the priory, sat in judgement over them and found them guilty. He dismissed the nuns from the priory. Pehaps penitent at the expulsion of the nuns, Earl Archibald ordered the construction of a new church to be built, and set up a College consisting of a Provost and twelve Canons.

Earl Archibald and his successors spent a great of money on ornamenting the church, and there are many fine armorial carvings still within the ruins. Still extant is the tomb of Princess Margaret, Countess of Douglas and Duchess of Touraine, the daughter of Robert III of Scotland and wife of Archibald Douglas, 4th Earl of Douglas.

Robert Douglas was the eighteenth and last provost of Lincluden. The Provostship of Lincluden was secured for him by his father, Sir James Douglas of Drumlanrig circa 1547. Robert Douglas's grand-nephew, William Douglas, the heir of Drumlanrig, obtained a reversion of the provostry, and, after Robert's death, enjoyed its property and revenues during his own life.


We will also be visiting Threave Castle and the Douglas Mausoleum on this trip on Thusday 3rd July.

Enjoy lunch in a cafe in Castle Douglas, or bring a picnic lunch from your hotel.

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