Cyrograph: agreement of John, prior of St Andrews, c.1238.

Scope and Content

An agreement between John, the prior, and the canons of the priory of St Andrews, Master Laurence, archdeacon of St Andrews, and Sir William, archdeacon of Lothian, concerning an episcopal election.

Administrative / Biographical History

A priory of Augustinian canons was founded around 1127 by Robert, bishop of St Andrews. The small eleventh century church of St Rule was extended to function as a church for the canons and also as cathedral for the see of St Andrews. The priory had 3 dependent houses, Porkmoak or Loch Leven priory, Pittenweem and Monymusk. St Andrews cathedral, administered by the canons, was begun in 1160, but not completed until 1318.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Purchased from W L Eadie, Milton of Balgonie, Markinch, [Fife], 21 September 1943.


Call number used to be ms588

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Parchment: indented: 17.2x7.2cm. Foot folded with slits for two seal tags. Fragment of seal, white wax, on a tag remains at left hand side. Loose fragment of seal also present. No seal or tag remains at right hand side.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

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The document is described and transcribed as an appendix to G W S Barrow, 'The Cathedral Chapter of St Andrews and the Culdees in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries', Journal of Ecclesiastical History, III, 1952, pp.23-39.