Dryburgh Abbey

Abbey, Coffin (medieval), Grave Slab(s) (medieval), Gaming Board

Site Name Dryburgh Abbey

Classification Abbey, Coffin (medieval), Grave Slab(s) (medieval), Gaming Board

Canmore ID 55618

Site Number NT53SE 2

NGR NT 59158 31703

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Mertoun
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Ettrick And Lauderdale
  • Former County Berwickshire

Summary Record

NT53SE 2.00 5915 3167

NT53SE 2.01 NT 5932 3162 Brewery (Possible)

NT53SE 2.02 NT 5919 3201 Lodge

NT53SE 2.03 NT 5931 3181 Lodge

NT53SE 2.04 Centred NT 5910 3175 Burial-ground

NT53SE 2.05 NT 59153 31679 Chapter House

NT53SE 2.06 NT 59103 31633 James I Monument, Obelisk

(NT 5915 3167) Dryburgh Abbey (NR)

(Premonstratensian - founded AD 1150)

OS 6" map (1967)

Dryburgh Abbey, a house of Premonstratensian canons, was founded on 10th November 1150 by Hugh de Moreville; the alleged foundation charter which attributes the foundation to David I is spurious. It was burned by the English in 1322 and in 1385. It is again reported as devastated by fire in 1461, and was probably damaged again in 1523. The convent, which consisted of at least sixteen canons in addition to the abbot in 1537/8 was reduced to about twelve canons by 1558. It was erected, along with Cambuskenneth Abbey and Inchmahome priory, into the temporal lordship of Cardross in favour of John Erskine Earl of Mar, in parliament, 1604 and 1606 and by charter, 1610 and 1615. (Information from Letters and Papers of Henry VIII, vols.19, 20)

I B Cowan and D E Easson 1976; J Bower 1852; G Robb 1873

Full architectural description given by J S Richardson and M Wood 1948.

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