Prior of Oronsay

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The Prior of Oronsay was the head of the Augustinian monastic community of Oronsay Priory, on the island of Oronsay, Inner Hebrides. It was in existence by 1353, perhaps founded by John of Islay, Lord of the Isles. It is probable that most of the priors have not come down to us by name. Maol Choluim MacDubhthaich ("Malcolm MacDuffie") was the last prior whose name we known. The priory was given to the bishop of the Isles by King James VI of Scotland.

List of priors and commendators

List of known priors

  • ???, fl. 1353
  • Martin, x 1362
  • Maurice de Oronsay, 1362-1382 x 1396
  • Domhnall MacMhuirich, 1397-1426
  • Dúghall MacEain (Dugall McKane), 1426-1472
  • Dúghall MacDomhnaill (Donaldi), 1472
  • Domhnall "Macyroull", 1499
  • Domhnall MacPháil, 1538
  • Domhnall MacDubhtaich (Donald MacDuffie or MacFee), 1538-1554
  • Eoin MacMhuirich, 1554-1558
  • Robert Lamont, 1555

List of known commendators

  • Maol Choluim MacDubhthaich (Malcolm MacDuffie or Macilfie), 1561-1583

See also


  • Cowan, Ian B. & Easson, David E., Medieval Religious Houses: Scotland <small>With an Appendix on the Houses in the Isle of Man</small>, Second Edition, (London, 1976), p. 76
  • Watt, D.E.R. & Shead, N.F. (eds.), The Heads of Religious Houses in Scotland from the 12th to the 16th Centuries, The Scottish Records Society, New Series, Volume 24, (Edinburgh, 2001), pp. 165-7

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