The Collegiate Church of Maybole.

The ancient town of Maybole was formerly the capital of Carrick and was the site of the castle of the Earl of Cassilis and the town houses of the local lairds. It is only two miles distant from the important old thirteenth-century Cluniac monastery of Crossraguel. Maybole, then, must have been an ecclesiastical center of some importance and, indeed, the house of the provost of the "college" was the scene of a celebrated debate between the infamous reformer John Knox and Quentin Kennedy, Abbot of Crossraguel, in September 1561.

Maybole Collegiate Church
View from the south west.

In 1371 a chapel was founded in Maybole by Sir John Kennedy of Dunure, and endowed for one clerk and three chaplains. As such, this was probably the very first foundation of its kind to be established in Scotland, to be followed by many more collegiate foundations in the next century. The building is much changed and a number of features are good but late adaptations of thirteenth century designs, particularly the fine south doorway shown in the drawing above. The church is the burial place of a number of families of the name of Kennedy. The church is known to be dedicated to St Mary.

Plan of the church.
Plan of the Church of Maybole.



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