from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A community of medieval Knights Templars located on a provincial estate and subordinate to the main temples at Paris and London.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A community of the Knights Templar, or the physical buildings or estate of such a community.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Preceptive.
- n. A religious house of the Knights Templars, subordinate to the temple or principal house of the order in London. See commandery, n., 2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Giving precepts; preceptive.
- n. A subordinate religious house where instruction was given.
Poor Isaac was hurried off accordingly, and expelled from the preceptory; all his entreaties, and even his offers, unheard and disregarded.
Master of the Temple within a preceptory of his Order? —
It is significant that the town of Troyes, from which Chrétien took his surname, was a cabalistic centre and the site of the original Templar preceptory—and it was where the Count of Champagne held his court.
There was hardly a major centre of civilization where they did not have a preceptory—as, for example, the wide scatter of such place names as Temple Fortune and Temple Bar (London) and Temple Meads (Bristol) in England still shows.
_Torphichen Church_, Linlithgowshire, represents the hospital or preceptory of Torphichen, from 1153 the principal Scottish residence of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem.
Proceeding northwards first we may take the road by Templecombe that was once a preceptory of the Knights Templars and now has a station on the main line of the South Western Railway, to Wincanton, a small market town on the Cale ( "Wyndcaleton") at the head of the Vale of
Beyond the Carmelite house, nearer Leith, stood the preceptory of St. Anthony, the only house of that order in Scotland.
Kilmainham Wood, County Meath, a preceptory belonging to the Knights
A preceptory of Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, three churches, and one or two nunneries, a mint, an important merchant's guild, and a large population marked the prosperity of the place.
His quarters were placed on the four city gates, but at least some were secretly removed, and buried in the chapel (now a barn) of Sanford manor, formerly a preceptory of
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