On This Day In History: Dryburgh Abbey One Of Most Beautiful Of All Border Abbeys Of Scotland Founded – On Nov 10, 1150
On November 10, 1150, the Scottish Dryburgh Abbey was founded and it is believed that construction works continued for most of the following century.
Dryburgh Abbey, located near Dryburgh on the banks of the River Tweed is considered perhaps most beautiful of all Border Abbeys of Scotland.
Despite being very old building and having been set on fire three times, its ruins are still recognizable and beautiful.
The abbey became premier house in Scotland of the Premonstratensian order founded in 1120 by Saint Norbert, who later became Archbishop of Magdeburg.
The monks had white robes and came originally from Laon in Northern France, though those who helped found Dryburgh came from the Premonstratensians who lived in Alnwick Abbey, dated to 12th century and located at Alnwick, Northumberland, England.
The beautiful ruins of the Dryburgh Abbey became the burial place of the eccentric David Eskrine, 11th Earl of Buchan in 1829, who founded the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1780.
Additionally, three years later his friend Sir Walter Scott was also buried there.
The abbey’s chapter, which particularly well preserved, features paintwork that dates back to its construction and today boasts some of the best Gothic architecture in Scotland.
Most of the abbey, apart from the cloisters, is accessible through the main gates.
Dryburgh’s location meant it unavoidably became caught up in the wars between England and Scotland.
It is said that in 1322 Edward II’s army, retreating south to England, took exception to the sound of the bells of Dryburgh Abbey being rung to celebrate their defeat.
They burned it down.