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  • The period during which the Abbacy remained vacant, was a state of mourning, or, as their emblematical phrase expressed it, of widowhood;

    The Abbot

  • Varney got a large grant of the lands of the Abbacy of Abingdon, and Cumnor Place amongst others, from his master, the Earl of Leicester.


  • The Earl was appointed also to keep the peace towards the celebrated George Buchanan, who had a pension out of the same Abbacy, to a similar extent, and under the like penalty.


  • In 1569, he exchanged his Abbacy with Adam Bothwell, Bishop of Orkney, for the temporalities of that Bishoprick.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • It was erected into a temporal lordship by King James the Sixth, 20th December 1600, in favour of Sir Patrick Lesley of Pitcairly, son of Andrew fifth Earl of Rothes, who had held the Abbacy _in Commendam_, since 1581.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • Yet James Beaton obtained possession of the Abbacy, and retained it till 1551, when he was raised to the See of Glasgow.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • Galloway, conjoined with the Deanery of the Chapel Royal, and the Abbacy of Tungland upon his resigning that of Melrose, but retaining a pension of 1000 marks, and some other emoluments.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • In 1525, he obtained the rich Abbacy of Paisley; and as Abbot he sat in the Parliaments of 1535 and 1540.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • He had a grant of the Abbacy of Holyrood in 1539, while yet an infant; Alexander Myln, Commendator of

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • Beaton, in the contest for his several preferments, the Abbacy of

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)


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