Excerpt from History of the Priory of Coldingham, From the Earliest Date to the Present Time: Compiled From the Most Authentic Authors, Ancient and Modern
From the locality of the Priory of Coldingham, and its connec tion with England, its history is of more importance than t... hat of any other border monastery; inasmuch as, from these circum stances, its inmates became of necessity, from time to time, implicated in transactions of a character less connected with the monastic institute than with the public affairs of the two king doms. But there are other prominent features in the history of this Monastery which give it a peculiar character, and invest it with additional interest. Although locally situated within the territory of Scotland, and endowed by the monarchs and nobles of that kingdom, it was subordinate to an English Church, which exercised over it an absolute control, and appropriated to its own use a considerable portion of its revenues. The church of Cold ingham was therefore not unnaturally a source of jealousy to Scotland in times of peace, and an object of Open attack in time of war.
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