Museum exhibition celebrates Scottish-German links.
A new exhibition at a Scottish Catholic museum in Aberdeen will highlight
the town's longstanding links with the city of Regensburg in Germany. A
Press preview of the exhibition at the Blairs Museum in Aberdeen will be
held on Thursday 1st September at 12.30pm.
The Scottish Benedictine monastery of St James in the German town of
Regensburg gained universal attention last April when Pope Benedict XVI
chose to put the scallop pilgrim shell of St James on his coat of arms.
He admitted later that he did this, in part, because of the spiritual links
he felt he had with this ancient Scottish Monastery.
Now the city of Aberdeen is celebrating fifty years of twinning between
Aberdeen and Regensburg (in English Ratisbon).
For many hundreds of years, Scots from the North East received their
education at St James Abbey. To mark the occasion the Museum of the former
Scottish Junior Seminary of Blairs College in Aberdeenshire has built an
exhibition to co-incide with these events and depict the lives and
achievements of some of the sons of the Diocese of Aberdeen from the North
The exhibition tells the tale of Ninian Winzet, the priest school master of
Linlithgow who was a fugitive in Ratisbon following the Scottish Reformation
He ended up as the first Abbot of Ratisbon. Starting with an empty
monastery, he soon had six Scottish monks with him living the Benedictine
way of life and training others to return to Scotland to re-convert the
Ninian Winzet, the priest school master of Linlithgow who was a fugitive in
Ratisbon following the Scottish Reformation of 1560.
Starting with an empty monastery, he soon had six Scottish monks with him
living the Benedictine way of life with the eventual aim of training others
to return to Scotland to re-convert the native land.
The exhibition pays tribute to Abbot Placid Fleming who was Abbot of
Ratisbon for forty-seven years until 1720. He was described by leading
monastic historian Abbot Mark Dilworth as Å’the greatest man produced by the
Scottish monasteries in GermanyÃ‚ ¹. He was a naval officer before becoming a
Catholic, and reached Ratisbon by way of the Scots College in Rome. After
long campaigning and fund-raising Fleming finally opened the seminary which
his predecessors had imagined. Boys from Scotland received high quality
education there and some returned as priests.
The displays trace the history of Ratisbon until about 1850 and explain how
all German monasteries were closed because of Napoleonic rule on Europe in
1802. Ratisbon however managed to survive.
The exhibition will be formally opened on Sunday 4th September and will run
for the month of September when the museum will close its doors for the
The Rt. Rev. Peter Moran, Bishop of Aberdeen said,
˜This exhibition coincides with the City Of Aberdeen s celebration of 50 years
of twinning with Regensburg and I am delighted that the Blairs Museum is
staging this exhibition marking the historic links between the North East
and Regensburg that have been in existence for many hundreds of years."
Blairs Museum is situated 5 miles South West of Aberdeen on the South
Deeside Road (B9077). It is open at weekends and at times outwith the
weekend by appointment. Opening times are Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm, Sunday
12noon to 5.00pm. The contact person is David Taylor, Museum Manager. tel
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