Kelso Abbey In Scotland.

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Aj Finan

Alloa, United Kingdom

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This is an image of Kelso Abbey

The community was originally founded at Selkirk , and moved to the present site in Kelso in 1128 by King David I who also gave the land in Kelso on which the Abbey was constructed. Building is believed to have commenced immediately and was completed fifteen years later, in 1143, when it was dedicated to The Blessed Virgin and Saint John. Enough of the church had been built by 1152 for the King’s son, Henry, the Earl of Northumberland, to be buried there.

Kelso Abbey soon grew to be one of the wealthiest and grandest in Scotland, with much of its income coming from its vast estates in the Border country. It was also the seat of the Feudal Lordship of Holydean. The importance of the Abbey at that time was shown when King James III of Scotland was crowned at the Abbey in 1460. However, the Abbey’s proximity to the border with England led to it suffering damage from cross-border raids. It was first damaged in the Anglo-Scottish wars at the start of the 1300s, but was later repaired by the monks.

The Abbey suffered serious damage during the Earl of Hertford’s “Rough Wooing” campaign (the dispute over Mary, Queen of Scots) against Scotland between 1544 and 1547, which caused considerable destruction to many of southern Scotland’s abbeys, including those at Melrose, Dryburgh and Jedburgh. The Reformation, which took place in Scotland in 1560, meant that Kelso Abbey had no chance to recover and rebuild. After further attacks and damage the Abbey was declared officially derelict in 1587…

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