nchmahome Priory, an Augustinian house, was founded in 1238 by Walter, the Earl of Montieth. It is located on a small island on the Lake of Montieth about thirteen miles to the west of Stirling. What remains of the buildings are just the ruins but a significant amount can still be seen. Fragments of the cloister exist but the chapter-house is complete. The chapter-house being a simple square shape contains the effigy of a knight and lady lying side by side. In 1547 the young Mary, Queen of Scots, took refuge in the Priory after the disasterous battle of Pinkie Cleugh where the Scots were defeated by English army led by the Duke of Somerset. Mary hid on the island for several months before escaping to France.
Founded by Walter, Earl of Montieth and built on an island on the Lake of Monieth, this priory was populated by Augustinian canons. The Scottish priory later provided safe refuge for Mary, Queen of Scots after the Scots were defeated by the English.
Thousands of Scots gathered near the town of Musselburgh, just to the east of Edinburgh. They faced an English army led by the Duke of Somerset. The Scots had a good position on the battle field but wasted it when they attacked. The Scots were heavily defeated. The defeat at Pinkie Cleugh was a threat to Mary, Queen of Scots, and so she was secretly moved from Stirling Castle to the Augustinian Inchmahome Priory located on an island on lake Menteith. ¹
To comply with the agreement to marry Mary Stuart to the French Dauphin, the young queen was moved from Inchmahome Priory to Dumbarton Castle on the banks of the River Clyde on the west of Scotland. It was here that she waited before sailing to France. ¹
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