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By Philip_H
Dundrennan abbey, Dundrennan, Scotland, near to Kirkcudbright.

Dundrennan abbey was a Cistercian monastery in the Romanesque architectural style, established in 1142 by Fergus of Galloway, King David I of Scotland (112453), and monks from Rievaulx abbey. Though extensively ruined (the transepts are the main surviving parts), Dundrennan is noted for the purity and restraint of its architecture, reflecting the austere Cistercian ideal. It is also built from very hard-weathering grey sandstone, so the original architectural forms and mouldings are well preserved.

Mary, Queen of Scots, after the Battle of Langside, spent her final night in Scotland here, in 1568. From neighbouring Port Mary, she crossed the Solway Firth to Workington, and shortly after was imprisoned by the English.

In 1587, following the Scottish Reformation, the land passed to the Crown. The site fell into ruin after it was subsequently used to house livestock. Historic Scotland maintain the site today.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Many Hearts' and 'Foot of Dodd'.

Best wishes,

Tags: Scotland Abbey Architecture Archaeology Pillar Mary queen of scots Romanesque Dundrennan abbey Dundrennan Cistercian monastery Gnomon Transepts

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Herge88 14 40 6 England
15 Feb 2014 1:35PM
Interesting write up to accompany this image.

Best Matt
ColleenA Plus
9 500 7 Australia
15 Feb 2014 1:40PM

Quote:Interesting write up to accompany this image.

Best Matt

Great shot
NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 1:58PM
Interesting and beautiful Phillip

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Tish1 Plus
8 32 5 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 3:29PM
Wow, those storms really battered your house Phillip Grin

Very informative write up; Mary Queen of Scots popped into Sheffield on the way to losing her head, apparently we kept her in Manor Castle and looked after her quite well so my history teacher told me, and he would know because he was probably there.

Expertly photographed, can't help but visualise this in B&W which I think may give it the more historical credence it deserves.

Nikonuser1 Plus
9 170 16 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 3:39PM
Great capture Philip, a great write upSmile

15 Feb 2014 3:39PM
A beautiful image accompanied by interesting info, Philip.
nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
15 Feb 2014 4:13PM
Very well taken and framed, a great image.
15 Feb 2014 8:59PM
A beautiful image and good write up
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
15 Feb 2014 10:14PM
pretty fancy digs for livestock--- a wonderful shot and text of this ruin!

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