St Magdalens, hospital & lands, Linlithgow

Grid reference

NT 011 771 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

301100 677100






West Lothian

Nearby places

St Magdalen's Chapel, Linlithgow (0 miles)

St Magdalen's Well, Linlithgow (0.06 miles)

St Mary's Chapel, Linlithgow (0.43 miles)

St Michael's Church, Linlithgow (0.56 miles)

Linlithgow, parish (0.56 miles)

Object Classification



Is linear feature?



In 1795 it was recorded that the chief fair in Linlithgow was 'St Magdalene's on 2nd of August' (OSA xiv, 560). Notes in St A. Cop., p. 439 state that it 'stood at the east end of the town, at the foot of Pilgrim's Hill, where a Lazirite convent had existed since the time of Alexander II. The hospital is sometimes said to have been founded by James I, but it was existent much earlier, for Edward III in 1336 appointed a preceptor.' NMRS records (Camore ID 49189): The Hospital of St Mary Magdalene is first mentioned in 1335. It is recorded as a poor's hospital in 1528, but may originally have been a leper-hospital, as payments to the Lazar House of Linlithgow are recorded in the fifteenth century. See NMRS for further details. The hospital sat on lands, or had lands nearby, called Magdalenside. These lands appear in RMS ii no. 2051 (1490 x 1491): '9 sol. de una acra terre campestris in le Magdaleneside; 2 sol. 3 den de una perticata terre campestris in Magdaleneside; 2 sol.3 den. de alia perticata terre ibidem; 4 sol. 6 den. de dimedia acra terre campestris in le Magdaleneside', the rent from these lands now being used to support a chaplainry of St John the Baptist in the parish kirk of Linlithgow. A short distance to the west of the hospital is St Magdalen's Distillery (OS 6 inch 1st edn).

Relationships with other parishes

Within Linlithgow, parish

Relationships with other places

Adjacent St Magdalen's Chapel, Linlithgow