Scheduled Monument

Luffness FriarySM759

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Supplementary Information Updated
Ecclesiastical: convent
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 47129 80193
347129, 680193


The monument comprises the remains of Luffness Convent. The monument was first scheduled in 1936 and did not include structures and features to the north; this rescheduling rectifies this omission.

The monument lies in a wooded area at around 5m OD. It comprises the remains of a Carmelite Friary. It is first mentioned in 1335-6 but may have been founded in the previous century. No references to it have been found after 1512, but lands formerly belonging to it were leased by the crown in 1609. The foundations of the church can be clearly discerned but the associated buildings are hardly visible on the surface. The church measures some 31m by about 8m; its walls are on average about 0.7m wide and about 0.7m high except at the E end on the N side, where the wall is approximately 1.7m high. At this location there is a recess containing an effigy of a knight in late 13th century armour. The position is that normal for a founder's tomb. The effigy suggests that the friary was founded several decades before it first appears on record.

About 80m NE of the church (NT 4718 8025) are the remains of 2 fishponds, consisting of two waterlogged hollows overgrown with weeds. They have a maximum depth of about 1.5m. About 100m E of the fishponds (NT 4730 8026) is a fragment of building, now incorporated into a boundary wall. The fragment consists of the NW angle of a building, the N side being about 0.5m long, the W side about 3m long, and standing about 3.5m high. There are two blocked-up slit windows in the N wall.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible remains and an area around them in which traces of associated material may be expected to survive. It is sub-square with maximum dimensions of 190m NNW-SSE and 200m due E-W, as marked in red on the accompanying map.



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