Prior of May (Pittenweem)

The Prior of May then Prior of Pittenweem (later Commendator of Pittenweem) was the religious superior of the Benedictine monks of Isle of May Priory, which later moved to the mainland became called Pittenweem Priory. The priory was originally based on the Isle of May, but was moved by 1318 to its nearby mainland site of Pittenweem, Fife, passing from the overlordship of Reading Abbey (Benedictine) to St Andrews Cathedral Priory (Augustinian). The following is a list of priors and commendators:

List of priors

  • Achard, 1141x1150
  • Robert, 1161 x 1162-1165 x 1166
  • William, 1166x1171
  • Hugh de Mortimer, 1198–1205
  • John, 1206–1215
  • Richard, 1221–1222
  • Radulf, 1233
  • John, 1248-1251[1]
  • William, 1251 x 1260
  • Hugh, 1260–1269
  • William de Gloucester, 1269–1270
  • Thomas de Houburn, x 1306
  • Jordan, 1309
  • Martin, 1313–1318
  • Adam de Pilmor, 1345
  • Robert de Anderston, c. 1380
  • Robert de Leuchars, 1405
  • William Nory, 1402–1408; 1409-1419 x 1421
  • James de Haldeston, 1407-1418[2]
  • John Litstar, 1418[3]
  • Thomas de Camera (Chalmers), 1419 x 1421-1447[4]
  • William Stury, 1421
  • James Kennedy, 1447-1465[5]
  • Walter Monypenny, 1465-1467[6]
  • Patrick Graham, 1466-1478[8]
  • Walter Davidson, 1477–1479, 1489
  • Thomas Kymner, 1486
  • William Scheves, 1487-1497[9]

List of commendators

See also


  1. ^ Became Abbot of Balmerino.
  2. ^ Became Prior of St Andrews.
  3. ^ Became Prior of St Andrews.
  4. ^ Became Abbot of Scone.
  5. ^ As Bishop of St Andrews.
  6. ^ Was Prior of Loch Leven.
  7. ^ Postulated to Bishopric of Ross.
  8. ^ Bishop of St Andrews.
  9. ^ As Archbishop of St Andrews.
  10. ^ As Archbishop of St Andrews.
  11. ^ As Commendator of St Andrews.


  • Cowan, Ian B. & Easson, David E., Medieval Religious Houses: Scotland With an Appendix on the Houses in the Isle of Man, Second Edition, (London, 1976), pp. 94–5
  • Watt, D.E.R. & Shead, N.F. (eds.), The Heads of Religious Houses in Scotland from the 12th to the 16th Centuries, The Scottish Records Society, New Series, Volume 24, (Edinburgh, 2001), pp. 143–9

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