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suffered. In 1588 it was again fitted up, for the
use of the inhabitants, who at that time appear to
have been in a flourishing condition. A tomb-
stone, on the side of the pulpit in the new or south
church, would insinuate that this repair was prin-
cipally executed at |:he expence of one Lyell of
Blackness. The facf is, it was done by a tax or
cess on the inhabitants.*
Before giving an account of the present ecclesi-
astical state of the town, it will be necessary to
jmention the different Monasteries which existed
Previous to the reformation, — the lands, revenues,
nd even situations of which are scarcely known,
even in tradition.
I. That which is best known, from being the present
burying ground, was the Monastery of the Grey Friars
Cordeliers, of the order of St. Francis, founded by the
eldest daughter of mother of John Balio!,
the competitor with Bruce for the crown of Scotland.
The revenues of this monastery were greatly enlarged by
Lady Beatrice Douglas, dowager Countess of Errol, in
1482 ', and were conveyed to the town by the charter of
Queen Mary, when she was making the tour of the east
part of Scotland, in company with her newly-espoused
husband Lord Darnley. Part of the ground became pri-
vate property, and was again re-purchased by the town
to widen the street,
II. Close by the above stood another Monastery of
Black Friars, of the order of St. Dominic. The lane se-
parating the two was called the Friars' Wynd, — lately
the Burial Wynd, and now Barrack Street. One of the
»ates of the town stood here, and was called Friars' Port.
ft is in tradition that this monastery was founded by
* See Appendix.

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