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Now we are all "locked down" in our homes, the opportunities for outdoor photography are strictly limited and so we have no option other than to delve into our archives of old photographs. I saw that Bev (Royaldevon) had posted a delightful photograph of Melrose Abbey, one of my favourite places, and so here is an image I took some eight years ago, taken from one of the "aisle cloisters" on the south side of the nave of Melrose Abbey's Church, looking northeast to the ruined north transept and north side of the choir.

This present monastery was founded in 1136 by Cistercian monks at the request of King David I of Scotland and was the first Cistercian monastery in Scotland. It was first staffed by an abbot and 12 monks from Rievaulx in Yorkshire, who set to work constructing the abbey buildings. The east end of the Abbey Church would have been built first, and a service of dedication for it took place on 28th June 1146. Other buildings in the complex were slowly constructed over a period of at least another fifty years.

In 1322 Melrose Abbey and the town that had grown up around it were attacked by the English army of Edward II. Much of the abbey was destroyed and many monks were killed. The subsequent rebuilding was helped greatly by the generosity of King Robert the Bruce and that generosity was later formally recognised when Robert's embalmed heart, encased in lead, was buried at Melrose Abbey where it still lies.

The ruins of Melrose Abbey are presently cared for under the auspices of Historic Scotland.

ISO 1000, 1.125 sec at f/14, focal length 28mm.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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