CollectionGB 3380 Scottish Catholic Archives, Historic Archives
Ref NoSCA CA/2
TitleScots College, Douai
Extent21 files
Administrative HistoryThe oldest of the Scots Colleges abroad, Douai was finally established in 1580 after several changes of locale at Douai, in the Spanish Netherlands, which later became part of France. The College benefited from having a number of important early benefactors, such as James Cheyne of Aboyne, a canon of Tournai. The superiors of the college were Scots Jesuits, until the suppression of the Society of Jesus in 1764, after which date it was administered by Scottish secular priests. The Scots College at Douai had strong links with Mary, Queen of Scots: she was a generous benefactor of what she called Cheynes Seminary. The well known portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots now at Blairs College Museum came from the Scots College Douai. The College suffered the same fate as the Scots College Paris during the French Revolution.
DescriptionPrinted transcript of Bull of Pope Clement VIII in favour of the college; benefactions by the Curle family; administration of the college; printed copy of letters patent of Louis XV confirming the college; letters patent of Louis XVI confirming property acquired before 1749; account book; photocopy of 'Small Register' of students, 1581-1742; transcriptions of 119 royal letters made in the college by Aeneas Chisholm; efforts to safeguard college and property; John Farquharson's attempt to recover the college; Bishop Paterson's attempt to recover the college; letters of M Vandeville regarding college property; administration of college property; Scots students at St Edmund's, Douai; Toulouse Droit de Confirmation, 1725-1728; 'Notice sur le Mausolee de Barbe Moubray et Elizabeth Curle'
Access StatusOpen
Closed Until01/01/2012
LanguageFrench; Latin; Spanish; English
Related MaterialSee GB 0240 ED/8 Eastern District: Colleges
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