Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Castle Semple Collegiate Church was built in 1504 by John, Lord Sempill, in the grounds of Castle Semple. Lord Semple was killed at the Battle of Flodden in September 1513, along with many other Scottish peers. This conflict began when King James IV of Scotland declared war on England to honour the Auld Alliance with France by diverting Henry VIII's English troops from their campaign against the French king Louis XII.
Like other collegiate churches founded at around the same time in Scotland, it was built to house a college of clergy, whose main role in life was to pray for the souls of the Lord and his family.
At Castle Semple Collegiate Church there would have been a senior priest, or Provost, six other priests, two altar boys, and an administrator. The college of priests would have lived nearby and the church became the focus of an important centre of learning.
The 1,100th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of Cluny in Burgundy, France presents Scotland with a chance‐in‐a‐lifetime to be part of wonderful pan‐European celebrations. They started in Cluny in September 2009 and will reach their climax there in September, 2010. The Cluny 2010 Scotland Joint Organising Committee has set up a programme of events to take place between 14th‐16th May, 2010 centred on Paisley Abbey, Renfrewshire and Crossraguel Abbey, by Maybole, Ayrshire.
The associated sites of Kelburn Castle and Country Park, Dundonald Castle and Maybole Castle will also be part of the celebrations programme.
Download the European celebrations programme here:
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