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Lincluden College


In 1164 a Benedictine nunnery was founded here by Uchtred, Lord of Galloway. At the end of the fourteenth century this was suppressed by Archibald the Grim, third Earl of Douglas, who established in its place a college of eight secular canons under a provost. The existing remains are those of the collegiate church and the provost's house. The church, of which the chancel and south aisle and transept survive, dates from the early fifteenth century, and is one of the most beautiful pieces of decorated architecture left to us in Scotland.
It is remarkable for the richness of its heraldic adornment, for the noble tomb of the Princess Margaret, daughter of Robert III, and for the pulpitum or carved stone screen separating the chancel from the nave. The provost's house dates from the sixteenth century. Adjoining the church is a Norman matte, later terraced as part of a pleasance. Located one mile north-north-west of central Dumfries.

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