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Stewart, Thomas Drummond - Armorial Panel 1843
St Sylvesters Church, Elgin

Photographed: Stanley Bruce (16/9/06)

The Church was dedicated to St.Sylvester, who was his Patron Saint, a Benedictine Abbot, who founded the Congregation which bears his name, and whose feast is on the 26th November.

The Coat of Arms is displayed on the wall to the left of the entrance, is that of Dom. Sylvester’s family.

In 1967, following Vatican 11, the Church of St. Sylvester, was entirely renovated, to meet the needs of the revised liturgy.

DOM. SYLVESTER (a brief outline of his life)

On the 18th of July 1845, Dom. Sylvester Thomas Drummond Stewart was murdered in Ancona, Italy, during the uprisings against the Temporal power of the Papacy.

Thomas Stewart was born in 1802, the third son of Sir George Drummond Stewart, and he became a Catholic while he was studying at Oxford.
He went to Italy and joined the Benedictine Order of monks in Palermo, and was ordained a Priest. He was a distinguished student, and was the author of a number of poems and essays on philosophy. His health had been poor for some time and he had been planning to return to Scotland, and it was thought he might possibly settle in Elgin. He had many friends and his tragic death was a great shock.
After his death, his body was taken back to Scotland for burial, by his brother, Sir William Drummond Stewart, in Perthshire.


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