The Blairs Museum

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Blairs, an estate in Maryculter parish, Kincardineshire, near the southern bank of the Dee, 6 miles SW of Aberdeen, and 2½ SW of Cults station. In 1829 it was given by Mr Menzies of Pitfodels to the Catholic bishops, who, enlarging its venerable mansion, fitted it up as St Mary's College, for the ` education and training of those who may feel themselves called to dedicate themselves to God and the salvation of souls as clergymen on the Scottish mission. ' The college in 1881 had a president, 3 professors, a procurator, and 60 students; it possesses a valuable library (in part transferred from the Scots College at Paris) and portraits of Queen Mary and Cardinal Beaton; whilst attached to it is a chapel with 180 sittings.

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