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  Chrichton Colliegiate Church, Lothian
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  • Chrichton Colliegiate Church, Lothian - Scotland
      Chrichton Colliegiate Church, Lothian
    by stevezero
  • Chrichton Colliegiate Church, Lothian - Scotland
      Chrichton Colliegiate Church, Lothian
    by stevezero
  • Chrichton Colliegiate Church, Lothian - Scotland
      Chrichton Colliegiate Church, Lothian
    by stevezero
  • Chrichton Colliegiate Church, Lothian - Scotland
      Chrichton Colliegiate Church, Lothian
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Colliegiate Churches were a way of noble families showing their wealth and importance. It was buillt to house a college of priests.
Chrichton Colliegiate Church dates back to about 1400. It was attacked and damaged by the Douglas family in the early 1440s. William, Lord Crichton, the Chancellor of Scotland, effected repairs in the late 1440s. While he was at it he vastly expanded the castle and he also built Crichton Collegiate Church a few hundred yards to the north. The church was finished in time to hold its first service on 26 December 1449.

Today the church comprises north and south transepts either side of the tower, while to the east is the choir originally used by the priests and family for prayer and worship. To the north side of the choir is a sacristy.

Directions: About 20kms South east of Edinburgh, off A68, near Crichton village

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  • Written Apr 28, 2005
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