Marauding Ormistons at Smailholme Tower
Marauding Ormistons at Smailholme Tower, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Melrose and walked across to Melrose Abbey, a stunning, sandy pink coloured ruin built for Cistercian monks in the 12th century on direction of King David I of Scotland. Following attacks by English troops in the 14th and 16th centuries and culminating in the Reformation of 1560 the building is now a romantic ruin and popular tourist attraction. By chance, we discovered some Ormiston grave stones in the Abbey burial ground: Adam Ormiston and Andrew Ormiston

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