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  Melrose Abbey, Borders
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  • Melrose Abbey, Borders - Scotland
      Melrose Abbey, Borders
    by stevezero
  • Melrose Abbey, Borders - Scotland
      Melrose Abbey, Borders
    by stevezero
  • Melrose Abbey, Borders - Scotland
      Melrose Abbey, Borders
    by stevezero
  • Melrose Abbey, Borders - Scotland
      Melrose Abbey, Borders
    by stevezero
  • Melrose Abbey, Borders - Scotland
      Melrose Abbey, Borders
    by stevezero
 

There as been an abbey in Melrose since 650AD, but a structure on the present site dates back to the 12th C.
Construction of the abbey buildings took around 50 years.
In the 13th C the abbey was attacked by the English and many of the monks were killed.
Much of the abbey was also destroyed.
The rebuilding was much supported by Robert the Bruce, and his embalmed heart was buried in the grounds of the abbey. It is now marked by a plaque.
The abbey was destroed again by the English in the 14th C, and rebuilt over the next century, much of what we see today dating back to the 15th C.

Directions: In Melrose, just off the A7 or A68.

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  • Written Apr 15, 2005
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