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Scalan

Situated up a track beyond Chapeltown, in the remote Braes of Glenlivet in upland Moray, is an 18th-century farm building converted for use as a Roman Catholic College. From 1719 to 1799, a time when the practice of the Catholic faith was illegal, more than 100 priests were trained at the remote College of Scalan in an attempt to restore the church in Scotland. The college took its name from the Gaelic sgalan or 'turf shieling'. The original building was destroyed on several occasions by government troops, the present building dating from 1767. The College eventually moved in 1799 to Aquhorthies near Inverurie in Aberdeenshire.


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