NH7882 : St. Duthus' Kirk, Castle Brae

taken 5 years ago, near to Tain, Highland, Great Britain

St. Duthus' Kirk, Castle Brae
St. Duthus' Kirk, Castle Brae
The much restored church, dedicated to St. Duthus, is said to have been built by William, Earl of Ross, who died in 1371. In 1487, James III had it converted into a Collegiate Church. James IV and James V made pilgrimages to it. The former was particularly keen to expiate the guilt he felt for the regicide of his father, after siding with the rebellious nobles at the Battle of Sauchieburn in 1488. The story was told that James III, having fled the battlefield, fell from his horse and was carried injured into the home of a miller. When the miller's wife called for a priest to attend the King, a man passing by said he was a priest, bent over the King as if to perform the last rites, then stabbed him repeatedly until he was dead. It was said that for the rest of his life James IV wore an iron belt around his waist as penance for his part in events leading to the crime. He also undertook regular pilgrimages to the shrines of saints such as here and St. Ninian's in Whithorn.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 4 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Friday, 11 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NH 7802 8217 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:48.7466N 4:3.2829W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NH 7802 8214
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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