Melrose Abbey, Borders

Melrose Abbey, Borders, Scotland

 
This evening, I am focusing on Melrose Abbey  in the Scottish Borders, about 40 miles south of Edinburgh.
 
The founding of Melrose Abbey on its current site (superseding a previous building located about two miles away) was inspired by King David I of Scotland in 1136 AD. The Abbey was built by a group of Cistercian Monks from Rielvaux in Yorkshire, England. Construction is believed to have taken ten years.
 
Because the Abbey enjoyed Royal favour it continued to flourish despite suffering damage in the Anglo-Scottish wars and being rebuilt in the 15th century. It fell into ruin after being ravaged by English soldiers and Scots Protestants. The last monk died in 1590.
 
The Abbey is noteworthy for:
  • Quality of the stone carvings which include an unusual effigy of a pig playing the bagpipes-see final image below.
  • Burial place of the heart of King Robert the Bruce-see penultimate image.
  • Museum with evidence of the Roman presence in the area.

The Abbey is a popular attraction with visitors, many of whom go on to visit the other Border Abbeys of Jedburgh, Melrose, Kelso and Dryburgh. The adjacent small town of Melrose is a pleasant to stroll around, visit the shops and avail of refreshment. There is a garden which specialises in producing dried flowers.

Melrose Abbey is usually a ‘must’ in context of a tour of the Borders.

 
 
 
Melrose Abbey, Borders Region

Melrose Abbey, Borders Region, Scotland

 
Burial place of the heart of King Robert the Bruce
 
Burial Place of Heart of Robert the Bruce

Burial Place of Heart of Robert the Bruce, Melrose Abbey

 
Effigy of porcine bagpipe player.
Effigy of Pig Playing Bagpipes, Melrose Abbey

Effigy of Pig Playing Bagpipes, Melrose Abbey, Scottish Borders

 
 
 
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