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History Of The

BEAULY PRIORY

The Ancient Bissett's have a remarkable past, as told in the book "The History of the Beauly Priory". A terrible incident is recorded in the book, which the author claims is most likely circumstantial. After loosing a joust to another, a Bissett burned the fellow's castle down and killed him in his sleep. Insufficient evidence led to the family only being bannished from Scotland, hence an Irish line of Bissetts.

Regardless, we Bissett's were mostly known for our charity, having used much of our wealth for leper homes and churches, the Beauly Priory being one of the more famous.

Here are a few scanned images of the book "History of the Beauly Priory" by Edmund Chisholm Battan. It was written in 1877 and contains an ancient history of the priory, inculding the founder's family, John Byset. The book actually has two titles. On the outside it is simply called "The History of the Beauly Priory". On the title page, there is a much longer title:

THE CHARTERS
of the
PRIORY OF BEAULY
with
NOTICES OF THE PRIORIES OF
PLUSCARDINE AND ARDCHATTAN
and of
THE FAMILY OF THE FOUNDER
JOHN BYSET

This book was written by Edmund Chisholm Batten, who claimed to have chosen the subject as his

Our family has two copies of this book. Each book was bound by hand which produced some interesting differences. The outer cover on one book has a crest with two stags and a lion. The other book has a shield that matches the shield on the title page. The shields on the title pages in both books are the same. The publisher was M'Farlane and Erkines Edinburg, Scotland. I haven't been able to find much about them.

(NOTE: Some of these files are quite large and take a while to download or open. Months. Possibly years. But, they're worth it!)

Book Cover
Inside Drawing
Title Page
Letter Insert
Excerpt (pages 18 & 19)
Excerpt (pages 20 & 21)

If you want to read the entire book on line, you can go to a couple fantastic sites. One site is called www.openlibrary.org or you can compare both versions at the website called Internet Archive. These sights are determined to archive every book ever written and ultimately scanned and made available to the public. To our benefit and surprise, History of the Beauly Priory was one of the first.

To prove how determined they are to archive every book ever published, there are two copies of The History of Beauly Priory, because two separate companies published the book. I would love to know more about why, but I'm just happy to have it available. By the way, the two copies in our possession are published by the two different publishers. One of the books doesn't even have the pages cut, yet. If I want to read it, I'd have to cut the pages apart. It's great. I don't intend to touch it, though. The other book was already cut, so I read that one. The content is identical. The cover and title pages are different.


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