A complete list of the Priors that lived in and around the Blantyre Priory. In order.
|Friar William||About A. D. 1296|
|Walter, Prior of Blantyre||About A. D. 1340|
|John of Eglinton||About A. D. 1380|
|William Forfar||About A. D. 1430|
|Dominus William Fresell||About A. D. 1451|
|Dominus William Bassindene||About A. D. 1457|
|Robert Coitts||About A. D. 1520|
|John Moncrief||About A. D. 1540|
|John Roull||About A. D. 1547|
|John Hamilton||About A. D. 1549|
|William Chirnsyde||About A. D. 1552||Last Prior and First Minister|
These men were the main religious heads of pre-reformation Blantyre. Of note, Robert Coitts gave his name to what eventually became the Coatshill area of Blantyre, with his family living in that region well after he was the head of the nearby Priory. Again of note, William Chirnyde, who through fear and intimidation of the reformation, became the First Minister of Blantyre.
It is said that some of the Priors were buried below trees around the Priory although there is no documented evidence that this was the case. Who knows though, perhaps the bones of some of these people are still there under the roots of adjacent trees.
Blantyre Project will be bringing you some in depth history on some of these people in the coming weeks.