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The Medieval Period (1100AD - 1499AD)

The Medieval Church

Obit Book of St John the Baptist

Period:
Medieval
Description:

This Obit Book records an obit for John Dixon, a burgess of Ayr, who died ‘under the banner of the most dread James, King of Scots on the field of Flodden in England'. It is dated February 1527.

The Obit Book is the only surviving archive for the medieval parish church of St John the Baptist. Covering the years 1306 to 1559, it lists individuals who donated a sum of money in return for an annual mass said on their behalf. It was believed that prayers for the departed would reduce the time they had to spend in purgatory.

Place of Production:
Ayr
Source:
Ayrshire Archives
Accession number:
613
Digital Number:
SABK001n
Copyright:
Ayrshire Archives