Monday, June 3, 2013

Scottish Borders; Dryburgh Abbey

 May 11-18, 2013 A week in Scotland. Now we are in the Scottish Lowlands.
Dryburgh Abbey, near Dryburgh on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, was nominally founded in 1150. The canons along with their first abbot, Roger, arrived in 1152 
It was burned by English troops in 1322, after which it was restored only to be again burned by Richard II in 1385, but it flourished in the fifteenth century. It was finally destroyed in 1544. Sir Walter Scott is buried in its grounds. (excerpted from Wikipedia)

There are four abbeys in this area; we visited only one, but a good one!

We were slightly ahead of the tourist season and had the abbey to ourselves. Also we were able to climb up stone circular stairs to open places on the walls--not the safest thing to do and perhaps prohibited when the season commenced.

The morning was gray and spit rain. The ambience was positively gloomy!

There is a figure of a person where the vaulting ribs meet

Sir Walter Scott's grave

Barely room for two feet on a step

Beautifully carved stones show the artistic skill of Dryburgh's stonemasons and indicated the importance of this medieval abbey

The chapter room with benches around the walls

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