MHG3336 - Beauly Priory


Beauly Priory was founded in about 1230 by one of the Bisset family.

Type and Period (1)

  • PRIORY (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD to 1900 AD)

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Beauly Priory was founded in about 1230 by one of the Bisset family who were lords of the Aird to the west of Inverness. It later came under the protection of the Frasers of Lovat, who made some additions to the buildings. Towards the end of the Middle Ages the priory underwent a revival under the leadership of Robert Reid, abbot of Kinloss. By that time it had transferred its allegiance from the Valliscaulian to Cistercian order.

(NH 5276 4649) Priory (NR) (In Ruins)
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1907)

Full description in MoW guide
W D Simpson 1954

The Priory was listed at Category A in 1971.

Beauly Priory is as described in the attached guide. It is under the care of the Dept of Environment and open to the general public.
Visited by OS (J B) 23 June 1975

The priory and its surrounding graveyard were scheduled by Historic Scotland in 1995.

Church now roofless.

The statutory designations for the site were reassessed by Historic Environment Scotland in 2018 as part of their national Dual Designations Project. It was proposed that the site would be delisted but that it would remain a Scheduled Monument. <1>

The proposed designation changes by Historic Environment Scotland came into effect as of 12/03/2018. <2>

See also:
NH54NW0066 Graveyard
Jhooper, 17/12/2002

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Grid reference Centred NH 5276 4649 (50m by 29m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH54NW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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