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Loch Morar Seminary

The Bishops had been unhappy for some time with the seminaries on the continent. Too many students were leaving. A common problem was that they were not really prepared for the demands of the teaching institutes which they attended on the continent. There was also a desire to prepare men for Priesthood entirely on Scottish soil despite the laws against it. There was also a more recent penal law which prohibited parents sending their offspring abroad for education. This all lead to the creation in 1714 of the first seminary in Scotland on Eilean Bàn, an island on Loch Morar in the Western Highlands. Unfortunately, it was discovered and destroyed by Government troops, the “redcoats”, in 1716, as they laid waste much of the Highlands in punishment for the Jacobite Uprising of 1715. Its successor was Scalan.

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