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Manuel Nunnery

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Manuel House, a mansion in Muiravonside parish, Stirlingshire, near the left bank of the Avon, 2¼ miles WSW of Linlithgow. Manuel Junction, on the North British railway. at the intersection of the Edinburgh and Glasgow with the Slamannan and Bo'ness lines, is 2 miles W of Linlithgow. Manuel or Emmanuel Priory, near the mansion, was founded for Cistercian nuns in 1156 by Malcolm IV., and received considerable endowments and donations, at different periods, from various distinguished persons. It was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and seems to have been in the First Pointed style. The chapel was fairly entire in 1739; but in 1788 a spate of the Avon swept away part of the walls; and now it is represented by only the western gable, thickly clothed with ivy. Edward I. was here in 1301.—Ord. Sur., sh. 31, 1867.

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