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GD1Miscellaneous small collections of family, business and other papers 
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference GD1/1056
Title Deans of the Chapel Royal
Dates 1610-1977
Access status Open
Location On site
Description Gifts and presentations to the Chapel Royal and its members, with related papers: GD1/1056/1-15.
Tacks and related papers: GD1/1056/16-21
Rentals: GD1/1056/22-26
Annual accounts and statements, and returns of revenue payable or collected: GD1/1056/27-42
Other financial papers: GD1/1056/43-49
Papers in legal actions over teinds: GD1/1056/50-66
During the nineteenth century there was constant litigation over the undervaluation of teinds, the heritors insisting on retaining a seventeenth century valuation and the Deans objecting
Miscellaneous papers: GD1/1056/67-73
Level Fonds
Admin history The Chapel Royal of Scotland was founded by James IV in 1502 and was granted various churches and lands for its maintenance. Following the abolition of Episcopacy in 1688, these revenues reverted to the Crown and were granted to those ministers, usually three, who were appointed Deans of the Chapel Royal.

In 1860 following a recommendation by the Commissioners for the Scottish Universities, the revenue was used to help endow professorships in the faculties of theology in Scottish universities. In 1868, by Royal Grant in favour of the Deans, one third of the revenue was appropriated to the chair of biblical antiquities in the University of Edinburgh and one sixth each to the chairs of divinity at Edinburgh University, divinity and biblical studies at Glasgow University, ecclesiastical history at St Andrews University and divinity and biblical history at Aberdeen University.

The Deanery revenue is derived principally from teinds and, as the stipend is a prior charge, the total amount is subject to reduction by the augmentation of stipends. In 1983 the revenues amounted to around £1,000 per annum.
Format Text
Language English
Related material Bibliography
Charles Rogers, 'History of the Chapel Royal of Scotland', Edinburgh, 1882 (SRO library ref 727.20) Nenion Elliot, 'Teinds or Tithes and Procedure in the Court Teinds in Scotland', Edinburgh, 1892 (SRO library ref ECC.54.01)

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