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Latitude: 56.0693 / 56°4'9"N
Longitude: -3.4634 / 3°27'48"W
OS Eastings: 308994
OS Northings: 687243
OS Grid: NT089872
Mapcode National: GBR 1Y.PMVH
Mapcode Global: WH5QR.RQY1
Entry Name: Dunfermline Abbey, Remains of Dorter and Reredorter Ranges
Listing Date: 12 January 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 394283
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46894
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Dunfermline Central
Traditional County: Fife
Probably later 13th century. Partially remaining undercrofts of 2 separate parallel rectangular ranges running N/S; each with narrower remaining 2-bay elevation to S. Gothic; lancet windows with moulded arches (those to dorter joined by string course); splayed internally; remains of rib vaulting. Coursed dressed sandstone with ashlar dressings. Stepped base courses to both ranges.
REREDORTER: S ELEVATION: 2 windows; that to right partially intact. Remains of flanking buttresses. W ELEVATION: single window to S; remains of buttress to right. Otherwise adjoins bank of earth supporting churchyard. N ELEVATION: adjoins bank of earth supporting churchyard. E ELEVATION: foundations only extant. Remains of drain channel adjacent. INTERIOR: 4 bays in length; bays divided by chamfered wall shafts of vaulting. Fireplace to 2nd bay from S in W wall; triangular-headed entrance to adjacent bay to right. Inserted entrance to N wall.
DORTER: S ELEVATION: 4 windows; remains of central buttress and flanking buttresses. W ELEVATION: S wall of frater range adjoins at right angles to N. 2 and a half bays to S divided by remains of buttresses; 2 windows to outer right bay; one to left; entrance with moulded Gothic arch to N of S wall of frater range, opening into lobby of frater undercroft. E ELEVATION: Most of wall buried under churchyard. Single extant window to S. Buttress to left. N ELEVATION: buried underneath churchyard. INTERIOR: largely obscured by protruding embankment wall supporting churchyard. Bays divided by circular wall-shafts and subdivided by conical corbels formerly supporting sexpartite rib vaulting. Stone bench along wall.
Property in care. A-Group with Dunfermline Abbey, Nave, New Abbey Parish Church, Gatehouse, Frater Range, Palace and Kitchen and Entrance Gateways and Boundary Wall (see separate list descriptions). A Benedictine priory was established in Dunfermline in around 1070 by Queen Margaret, wife of Malcolm III. It was upgraded to an abbey by her son, David I in 1128. In 1304 the monastery buildings were partly destroyed by Edward I during the Wars of Independence. Judging by their existing remains, the dorter and reredorter were included in 'the few houses for monks' that were left standing.
Scheduled Ancient Monument.
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