Abbot of Balmerino

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The Abbot of Balmerino (later Commendator of Balmerino) was the head of the Cistercian monastic community and lands of Balmerino Abbey, Fife, founded in 1227 x 1229 by monks from Melrose Abbey with the patronage of Ermengarde de Beaumont and King Alexander II of Scotland. The following are a list of abbots and commendators.

List of abbots[edit]

  • Alan, 1229-1236
  • Radulf, 1236-1251
  • John, 1251-1252
  • Adam, 1252-1260
  • Adam, 1260-1270
  • William de Perisby, 1270
  • Thomas, 1270x1306
  • William, 1296
  • Alan, 1317
  • Hugh, x1369
  • Patrick, 1369-1380x
  • John Plater, x 1392
  • John Gugy, x 1394-1399 x 1402[1]
  • John de Hailes,[2] 1399x1402-1435x1436
  • Richard de Coventry, 1436-1464
  • William Cameron, 1436
  • Henry Mason, 1450
  • Walter Bunch, 1464[3]
  • James Rait, 1466-1468 x 1469[4]
  • William Bell, 1468-1483
  • Walter Bunch (again), 1482-1486 x 1504
  • Walter Ruch, 1483
  • Henry Knollis, 1484
  • Robert Fairweather, 1486
  • James Forman, 1504-1507
  • Robert Forrester, 1511-1559 x 1561
  • Henry Roche, 1532
  • John Stewart, 1535

List of commendators[edit]

  • John Hay, 1561-1573
  • Henry Kinnear, 1574-1603
  • John Kinnear, 1582
  • Robert Auchmutie, 1604-1607

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Became abbot of Melrose.
  2. ^ Previously abbot of Newbattle.
  3. ^ Prior of Gadvan; provided unsuccessfully, but takes up the position in 1482.
  4. ^ Became abbot of Culross.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cowan, Ian B. & Easson, David E., Medieval Religious Houses: Scotland With an Appendix on the Houses in the Isle of Man, Second Edition, (London, 1976), pp. 72–3
  • 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. 12–15

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