Elgin Maison Dieu Site

National Grid Reference (NGR): NJ 22320 62620, map


Maisondieu Place


Elgin at one time had a medieval Maison Dieu, which incorporated an almshouse (privately funded building to house the poor) and a chapel. It was established in the 13th century, thought to be around 1222-1237. It was burned down in the late 14th century but was rebuilt and subsequently passed to the Blackfriars Monastery (see separate site, Elgin Dominican Friary) and finally to the Provost of Elgin in the late 16th century. 

The chapel evidently survived to some degree well into the 18th century. Known as Maison Dieu Chapel, it stood within a small park in Elgin until it was apparently destroyed in a large storm in 1773. The remains of the graveyard could only just be made out at this time. The site is now fully covered by a 1960s housing development. A number of bones and skulls were uncovered during the building works. 


  • Hospital Founded (1222 to 1237)
  • Buildings burnt down (1390)
  • Granted to the Blackfriars (1520)
  • Granted to the Provost of Elgin (1594)
  • Surviving chapel destroyed in storm (1773)
  • Houses built over the site (1960s)

Archive References:

Scottish Church Heritage Research Archive - Offline databaseReference: 8525
Canmore - Online database View Canmore Report Online: RCAHMS NJ26SW 12
Canmore - Online database View Canmore Report Online: 16615

Bibliographic References:

Gazetteer of medieval hospital sites in Aberdeenshire, Glasgow City, Highland, Lanarkshire and Moray Council areasR Cathcart, C Murray and D Hall2000
Medieval religious houses in Scotland: with an appendix on the houses in the Isle of Man,I B Cowan and D E Easson1976p179
Elgin past and present: a historical guideH B Mackintosh1914p123-4