Oronsay Priory was a monastery of canons regular on the island of Oronsay. It was in existence by 1353, perhaps founded by John of Islay, Lord of the Isles. It was dedicated to St. Columba, and perhaps was a continuation or a re-activation of an older foundation. Very little is known about it because of the absence of records and its remoteness from the Scottish Lowlands, but on occasions some of the Priors of Oronsay come into the records.

The priory continued in operation until at least 1560, the year of the Scottish Reformation, with the last known prior, Robert Lamont, having been elected in 1555. The lands and property of the priory were given in commendam to Maol Choluim MacDubhthaich in 1561. They were later given to the Bishop of the Isles by King James VI of Scotland after his ascendancy to the throne in 1583. The ruins have been restored and are visible today.

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Founded: 1353
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Michiel Nijemeisland (13 months ago)
Beautifully maintained small priory. Part of the cloisters is still standing and there is a display of grave slabs in a restored building. The site could do with a couple of description boards, but possibly the attendance is too low to warrant this? It is situated adjoining a private property.
Nick Blinston (4 years ago)
Great island
cecily colburn (4 years ago)
Awesome. Visitors need to be aware of privacy signs around owners house...
Cecily Colburn (4 years ago)
Awesome. Visitors need to be aware of privacy signs around owners house...
C. C. Colburn (4 years ago)
Awesome. Visitors need to be aware of privacy signs around owners house...
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