Jedburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders.

This evening, my focus is on historic Jedburgh Abbey which is located in the town of Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders, about 1 hour drive south of Edinburgh. A stunning ruin on the way south to England. The name describes a fortified town on the River Jed which runs nearby.

Jedburgh Abbey was founded by King David I of Scotland for an Augustinian order in 1138 and may well occupy the site of an earlier religious order.(One of the finest shrine fragments in Scotland comes from in or near Jedburgh and has been dated to the 8th century AD.) The fabric even incorporates some stones with inscriptions from the 2nd century AD Roman (military) era. It is believed that construction lasted 100 years with stone transported from the quarry at Ulston Moor, about 1 mile away.

This Abbey features some of the finest Romanesque and Gothic architecture in Scotland. For 400 years it was home to a community of Augustinian canons.

Entrance Arch at Jedburgh Abbey

The Abbey’s location was its downfall. Being situated on the  main route between England and Scotland it suffered at the hands of invading English armies who caused considerable damage in 1464, 1523, 1544 and 1545. However, the coup de grace was the Reformation of 1560 following which a section of  the Abbey was converted to become the parish church of Jedburgh. The church continued here until the late 1800s.

Nave at Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland

Overall, a fascinating and visually stunning site with much to offer the visitor.