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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Kelso Abbey, Scottish Borders, Scotland
This evening, I am focusing on the Scottish Borders, a term which broadly covers the area southf Edinburgh down to the border with England, just north of Hadrian’s Wall. This area encompasses castles, ruined medieval abbeys, tartan and textile manufacture, Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford and the Border Reivers Trail. The countryside is gentle, pleasant with rolling hills and salmon rivers such as the Tweed.
Above is Kelso Abbey situated in the pretty town of Kelso
. The abbey’s remains are a consequence of destruction by the English in 1545.
Here is Melrose Abbey
which was founded in the 12th century by King David I. Location was unfortunate in that it lay on the direct route of invading armies from England in medieval times and suffered repeated damage right through to the Reformation of 1560. The adjacent town of Melrose is also of interest and includes Priorwood Gardens which is dedicated to the production of dried flowers.
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Lochcarron Tartans, Selkirk
This evening, my focus on one of Scotland’s premier tartan manufacturers, name Lochcarron which is based in the Scottish Borders town of Selkirk, a historic ccentre for textile manaufacture with a tangible legacy of former mill buildings still in evidence.
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