Silent Sunday….. An Abbey in the Borders


Dryburgh Abbey, nr. Melrose in the Scottish Borders

Long before it became a ruin, Dryburgh Abbey was described as the most beautiful of the Border Abbey’s.  Maybe it has something to do with its woodland setting, in a bow in the River Tweed.  Or, it could be the creative use of the red tinged stone in which it is built.

Today there is very little left.  Not surprising as it has had a violent history.  Built in 1150 all started well for this Premonstratensian Order.  Being located in the Scottish Borders it later attracted unwanted attention from various English Arm aggressions.  Burnt down in 1322 then again in 1385.  Restored in the 1400’s it was subsequently destroyed in the 1560 Reformations. 

As you walk through the ruins you still gain an impression on just how impressive the Abbey must have been.  The stone carving is indeed intricate….. and that previous mentioned woodland setting just adds to the atmosphere that still exists in this fine Abbey.


Dryburgh Abbey may well have been destroyed,  since then,  it has been the chosen location for interment of several noteable Scots.   David Erskine the 11th Earl of Buchan, The Writer Sir Walter Scott and later Field Marshal Earl Douglas Haig……  a peaceful place to rest.

As on every Sunday and indeed everyday….

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st March

(C) David Oakes 2021

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