Saddell Abbey

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Saddell Abbey
Saddell Abbey 20100928 north transept and choir.jpg
Monastery information
Mother houseMellifont Abbey
DioceseDiocese of Argyll
Controlled churchesInchmarnock; Kilchattan; Kilkivan
Founder(s)Ragnall mac Somairle

Saddell Abbey was a Cistercian monastery in Argyll, Scotland, founded in 1207 by Ragnall, son of Somairle mac Gille Brigte and peopled by monks from Mellifont Abbey in Ireland.

Somerled's descendants, the MacDonalds, Lords of the Isles, continued to be patrons of Saddell abbey. Monastic life seems to have come to an end when James IV of Scotland forfeited the Lordship of the Isles. It was proposed to the Pope that the bishopric of Argyll should be moved from Lismore to Saddell as the former was in ruins. Nothing ever came of the idea, but the Bishops of Argyll did sometimes take the title "Commendator of Saddell".

The remains of the abbey complex is now a scheduled ancient monument.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Saddell Abbey (SM3645)". Retrieved 25 February 2019.


  • Ian B. Cowan and David E. Easson, Medieval Religious Houses: Scotland With an Appendix on the Houses in the Isle of Man, Second Edition, (London, 1976), pp. 77–8
  • D.E.R. Watt and N.F. Shead, (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. 186–7

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Coordinates: 55°31′53″N 5°30′40″W / 55.53139°N 5.51111°W / 55.53139; -5.51111