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Binning [Benyng], William oflocked

(d. in or after 1258)
  • A. A. M. Duncan

Binning [Benyng], William of (d. in or after 1258), abbot of Coupar Angus, was prior of Newbattle Abbey when elected abbot of Coupar Angus on 29 November 1243. His name probably originated from the barony of Binning in the parish of Uphill, Linlithgowshire. A witness to one royal and one private charter, he resigned office in the chapter house of Melrose Abbey on 29 September 1258. His claim to significance is that Alexander Myln, in his sixteenth-century lives of the bishops of Dunkeld, attributed to Binning, when he was prior, the writing of a life of John the Scot (d. 1203), bishop of Dunkeld and claimant to St Andrews. This life has not survived.


  • A. Myln, Vitae Dunkeldensis ecclesiae episcoporum, ed. T. Thomson, Bannatyne Club, 1 (1823), 8
  • A. O. Anderson and M. O. Anderson, eds., The chronicle of Melrose (1936), 91, 116