Scalan founded 1716

November 13, 2018


The seminary at Loch Morar had a short existence. 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, a name which possibly encapsulates not only the Penal Times but, eventually, hopes for and the beginning of a better future for Scots Catholics. It was situated in the Braes of Glenlivet, a few miles from Tomintoul, in the lands of the Catholic Duke of Gordon who, along with its remote location, provided it with some security. Between 1716 and 1799 it prepared about 64 priests for Scotland at a crucial time. The photo is of the building constructed in 1767

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