Kinloss, Abbey of

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Former cistercian Abbey of St. Mary within the county and old diocese of Moray, Scotland. Founded by david i in 1150 or 1151, it was colonized from melrose. Much of the abbey's later, unquiet history was faithfully recorded and preserved by the learned Italian humanist John Ferreri, who taught classics there at the invitation of its greatest abbot, Robert Reid, subsequent bishop of Orkney (1541). Erected into a temporal lordship for Edward Bruce in 1601, the abbey is now a ruin.

Bibliography: j. ferreri, Historia abbatum de Kynlos (Edinburgh 1839). j. stuart, ed., Records of the Monastery of Kinloss (Edinburgh 1872). j. m. canivez, ed., Statuta capitulorum generalium ordinis cisterciensis ab anno 1116 ad annum 1786, 8 v. (Louvain 193341) 8:287. d. e. easson, Medieval Religious Houses: Scotland (London 1957) 65.

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