Sisterhood of SS Mary and Modwenna

Scope and Content

Correspondence 1877-1986; financial records 1907-1946, minute excerpts 1902-1906, examinations for the licence in theology; photographs; music; miscellaneous ephemera.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1870 Bishop Forbes founded the Community of SS Mary and Modwenna, a Convent based in King Street, Dundee. The Sisterhood provided parochial and nursing work among the poor of five parishes in the city. They also looked after orphans and founded a home for Incurables, which later became St Margaret's Home. By the time of the death of the Mother Foundress in 1900, only Lay Sisters remained, and the Community of St Margaret, Aberdeen took charge of the convent in 1901.

In 1965 it briefly closed, being reopened by Sisters from the Community of St Peter in 1967. In 1971 the Convent moved to Adelaide Place, and in 1972 the Bishop of Brechin reconstituted the Sisterhood of SS Mary and Modwenna. The Sisterhood continued their work in two parishes, provided day retreats and study groups, and produced church embroidery. The convent closed in 1988.


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Acquisition Information

The records were deposited in 1998, 1999 and 2007. (AccM/379, AccM/396, 2007/278).


Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, June 2002. Fonds level description updated by Jennifer Johnstone, Archives Assistant, May 2006. Series level description updated by Alia Campbell, Archives Volunteer, November 2007.

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Partial descriptive list and handlist.

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