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This morning I visited nearby Paisley.

I always find the Abbey a fascinating building to visit but it does not normally attract high numbers of tourists which is unfortunate because it is a very old site with history dating back to 1163.

The original priory became an Abbey answerable to Rome in 1245 and was dedicated to St. Mary, St. James, St. Mirin and St Milburga.

Paisley Abbey has played a role in Scotland’s turbulent history including Royal power struggles, destruction by fire and collapse of the tower. Following re-roofing and re-building the Abbey was re-dedicated in 1928.

Buried in the Abbey are six High Stewards of Scotland, Marjory Bruce, King Robert II’s wives and King Robert III.

Tucked away in a corner in the 10th century Barochan Cross.

This building is surely the equal of the historic cathedrals in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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This evening I am presenting some video clips of my visit this morning to Paisley Abbey, near Glasgow.

Paisley Abbey was founded in 1163, initially as a Priory, but became an abbey answerable to Rome in 1245 and was dedicated to St.Mary, St. James, St. Mirin and St. Milburga. It is believed that William Wallace (‘Braveheart’) was educated at the Abbey. The building has had a chequered history:

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Today, I am presenting some images of Melrose Abbey which is one of the most fascinating of the Borders abbeys.These ruins date from the 14th and 15th centuries.

The Abbey is built of red sandstone and was destroyed by the English on the 14th century. The remains are Gothic and famous for their decorative stonework.

Melrose Abbey was founded by David I in 1136 and was rebuilt by Robert the Bruce whose heart is buried at the Abbey.

At time of my visit a wedding was in progress.

Overall, well worth a visit in context of a Borders tour.




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