Has been described as a Possible Fortified Ecclesiastical site
There are masonry footings remains
Although only the church and part of the south cloister range survive as upstanding remains, Brinkburn Priory is an important example of a small Augustinian priory. The medieval fabric of the church is exceptionally well-preserved and provides a good illustration of the late 12th century Transitional style of architecture, while the buried remains of additional buildings and features survive beyond the cloister ranges and include the priory mill and gateway. The remains also retain useful evidence of the transition from medieval monastery to post-medieval house.
Evidence of the history of the priory comes from the Brinkburn cartulary or collection of charters, and, from these, it can be seen that the house was never wealthy and that its poverty was exacerbated by the Scottish wars of the 14th century. In 1419 the priory was raided and robbed of its valuables. It never recovered its losses and, in 1535, was among the minor monastic houses dissolved by the first Act of Suppression. (Scheduling Report)
Although it had no tower, the priory did have some strongly made buildigns which may have been used as refuges. (Dodds 1999).
This site is a scheduled monument protected by law
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law
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