The History of Leith

July 22, 2007

TORPHICHEN PRECEPTORY

The Hospital, or Preceptory, of Torphichen was the Scottish headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller, or Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem. Founded during the reign of David I (1124-1153), construction of the church – nave, aisle, transepts and central tower – was started around 1200 and completed by the mid 13th century. Located within the village of Torphichen, the preceptory stands in a sheltered valley on the western side of the Torphichen Hills. Torphichen is derived from Gaelic: torr-fithichean, ‘the raven’s hill’. for more click here

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