Abbot of Kilwinning (later Commendator of Kilwinning) was the head of the Tironensian monastic community and lands of Kilwinning Abbey, Cunningham (now in North Ayrshire), founded sometime between 1162 and 1167. The patron is not known for certain, but it is likely to have been Richard de Morville, Lord of Cunningham. The following are a list of abbots and commendators.
List of abbots [ edit ]
Nigel (?Niall), 1201-1210
Bernard, 1296 [1 ] Roger, 1296x1305
William de Deyn, 1327 x 1329-1344 [2 ] John de Dalgarno, 1344-1346
[3 ] Robert, 1360-1367
Bryce MacMakyn, 1407
Adam, 1407 - 1439
William Boyd, 1443-1474
William Bunche, 1474 -1513
[4 ] John Forman, 1512 -1514
List of commendators [ edit ]
James Beaton, 1513-1524 [5 ] John Cantlie, 1521
John Hamilton, 1524
George Betoun, 1526-1527
Alexander Hamilton, 1527-1547
Henry Sinclair, 1541-1550 [6 ]
Gavin Hamilton, 1550-1571 [7 ] Alexander Cunningham, 1571-1585
James Cunningham, 1585
William Melville, 1591-1592
See also [ edit ]
^ Became abbot of Arbroath.
^ Became bishop of Aberdeen.
^ Probably became prior of Lesmahagow.
^ Died at the battle of Flodden.
^ Held the commend while archbishop of Glasgow.
^ Became bishop of Ross.
^ Became Archbishop of St Andrews.
Bibliography [ edit ]
Cowan, Ian B. & Easson, David E.,
Medieval Religious Houses: Scotland , Second Edition, (London, 1976), p. 69 With an Appendix on the Houses in the Isle of Man 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. 127-30