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Ormistons at Scott's View, Melrose

Ormistons at Scott’s View, Melrose, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings at Melrose and drove a short distance to our first stop at Scott’s View, a  stunning landscape, reputed to be the favourite viewpoint of novelist, Sir Walter Scott, which overlooks the valley of the River Tweed and Melrose. Here we stopped for group photos.

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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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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:

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