Saddell Abbey

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Saddell Abbey
Monastery information
Order Cistercian
Established 1207
Disestablished 1507
Mother house Mellifont Abbey
Diocese Diocese of Argyll
Controlled churches Inchmarnock; Kilchattan; Kilkivan
Founder(s) Ragnall mac Somairle

Saddell Abbey was a Cistercian monastery in Argyll, Scotland, founded in 1207 by Ragnall, son of Somairle mac Gille Brigte. It was established by monks from Mellifont Abbey in Ireland. Very little is known about the abbey and its history. It probably enjoyed several centuries of good monastic life, but by the reign of James IV of Scotland monastic life had apparently disappeared. It was proposed to the Pope that the bishopric of Argyll should be moved from Lismore to Saddell as the former was in ruins. Nothing ever came of the idea, but the Bishops of Argyll did sometimes abbot the title "Commendator of Saddell".

See also


  • Ian B. Cowan and David E. Easson, Medieval Religious Houses: Scotland With an Appendix on the Houses in the Isle of Man, Second Edition, (London, 1976), pp. 77–8
  • D.E.R. Watt and N.F. Shead, (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. 186–7

External links

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