"Dunfermline Abbey Church" Dundee Off The Beaten Path Tip by margaretvn

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  • Robert the Bruce - Dundee
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Dunfermline ('the forified tower on the winding stream') is more than a thousand years old. It was part of the kingdom of the Picts, and one of the early settlements of the Celtic or Culdee Church. It was also a favourite stronghold of the the warrior King Malcolm Canmore.
When King Malcolm married the saintly Queen margaret in 1070 the little settlement gained international status. Under the Queen's influence the new European monastic Order of St Benedict was established and a Priory was established.
When the Queen died her pious son King David built a great Bendictine Abbey on the site of the little church she had had built. In 1250 Margaret was proclaimed a saint, and Dunfermline became a pilgrimage centre of Europe.
The tomb of Robert the Bruce is here. NO the head in my photo is not Koos after our holiday because of bad food in Scotland.... it is the plaster cast of the skull of King Robert the Bruce and it can be found in Dunfermline Abbey Church. Research has shown that the king probably had leprosy.

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  • Updated Aug 26, 2007
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