Photo Friday: Inchmahome Priory

Haunting and lovely Inchmahome Priory.

Today’s Friday photo is of Inchmahome Priory, located on an island in the Lake of Menteith, Scotland. The priory was home to a community of Augustinian canons after it was founded by Walter Comyn in the 1230s. These canons lived a pious life according to their own monastic rule, but also engaged in the religious life of the local community. A quiet, sheltered place, the island served as a refuge for the young Mary Queen of Scots in 1547, as she travelled to France, but was abandoned after the Reformation. Interestingly, the Lake of Menteith was also the site of a crannog–an artificial island built as an aristocratic settlement–in the early Middle Ages (now submerged), and the Earldom of Menteith had it’s seat on another of the lake’s islands, called Inch Talla.

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