This evening, I am posting information on Scotland’s Border Abbeys which share an affinity in that:

  • All were originally constructed around the 12th century.
  • Are in relatively close proximity to each other, about 40 miles¬†/65km south of Edinburgh.
  • All suffered damage at the hands of English troops during the Wars of Independence and other conflicts.
  • Final demise of all occurred at time of the Reformation, around 1560.
  • All are now romantic ruins and tourist attractions.

    Melrose Abbey, Scottish Borders

    Melrose Abbey, Scottish Borders

Melrose Abbey was founded by King David I in1136. The heart of King Robert the Bruce is buried here. Romantic novelist Sir Walter Scott instigated repairs in the 19th century.

Dryburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders

Dryburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders

Dryburgh Abbey was founded 1150 by Hugh de Moreville and was occupied by Premonstratensians (priests, not monks). Finally destroyed by the Earl of Hertford’s army in 1544.

Jedburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders

Jedburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders

Jedburgh Abbey was, like Melrose Abbey, founded by King David I. Date was 1138. The abbey was built for an Augustinian order of monks. The final military attack was 1545 with final cessation of activity in 1560.

Kelso Abbey, Scottish Borders

Kelso Abbey, Scottish Borders

Kelso Abbey was founded in 1128  by King David I. It was home to a community of Tironsian monks. By 1550 the structure had been reduced to rubble by English armies.

I usually include visits to at least one of the abbeys in course of my Scottish Borders tours.

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