Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Abbey of St. Mary les Dames, Dublin (Walsh)

From Walsh's History of the Irish Hierarchy: With the Monasteries of Each County, Biographical Notices of the Irish Saints, Prelates, and Religious, 1854, c. xliv, pps. 423:

Nunnery of St Mary les Dames without the east gate of the city which was thence called the gate of St Mary and the avenue leading from the castle to the university obtained the name of Dame street. In 1487 Lambert Simnell supported by many of the nobles was crowned king in the priory of the Holy Trinity by the name of Edward. The crown used on this occasion was borrowed from the statue of the blessed Virgin which stood in this nunnery. George Browne who was the schismatical and heretical bishop of Dublin united this church to that of St Werburgh.