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St Andrews Cathedral Priory

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St Andrews Cathedral Priory

St Andrews Cathedral Priory was a priory of Augustinian canons in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Plans were made for its foundation in the reign of Alexander I of Scotland, who set aside some land (in the cursus apri, or "Boar's Raik") for that purpose. It was finally established by King David I and his son in 1140 with canons from Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire. The priory lands were carved up into lordships in the 16th century, although the core and title remained into the 17th century.

The Priory of St Andrews used to own the land now used by Rufflets Hotel, located between Strathkinness and St Andrews itself.


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