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CodeNA8981
Dates1998-
Person NameTrustees of St Benedict's Abbey, Fort Augustus; 1998-
ActivityFort Augustus was constructed between 1729 and 1742 by General George Wade (1673-1748). It was captured by the Jacobite army in 1745. In 1867 the 14th Lord Lovat, purchased the buildings from the government to be used as a hunting lodge. In the 1870's the 15th Lord Lovat leased the buildings at Fort Augustus to the Monastic Order of Benedictines. The monastic community of St Benedict's Abbey, Fort Augustus, was founded in 1876 and was a re-foundation of Benedictine Monastery of St James of Ratisbon, Germany, which was suppressed in 1862. The monks reconstructed and extended the buildings adding an independent school and monastery. In 1993 the school was closed and the monastery became a tourist venture. In 1998 the community dissolved. The 10 remaining monks dispersed and the buildings reverted to the Lovat Estates. In 2000 the Abbey was purchased by Terry Nutkins, wildlife TV presenter and hotelier. The Abbey possessed a collection of books and manuscripts for which the Trustees of St Benedict's Abbey became responsible. A significant proportion of the collection was purchased by the National Library of Scotland with assistance from Heritage Lottery Fund.
Corporate NameTrustees of St Benedict's Abbey, Fort Augustus
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