NT7562 : Kirk of Lammermuir, Abbey St. Bathans

taken 10 years ago, near to Abbey st Bathans, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Kirk of Lammermuir, Abbey St. Bathans
Kirk of Lammermuir, Abbey St. Bathans
The village has two main claims to fame. The first is its appearance at the top of any alphabetical list of Scottish settlements. The second, rather oddly given its name, is that it has never been home to an abbey. That is slightly misleading because in about 1200 a small Cistercian priory of 12 nuns was founded here by Ada, Countess of Dunbar.

The site was chosen because it was believed to have been that previously used for a tiny chapel established by St Bathan, a follower of St Columba, in the late 500s. The priory comprised a small church and an accompanying collection of domestic buildings. It was largely destroyed by English troops in 1543 and was probably no longer a going concern when the Reformation came along in 1560.

After the Reformation the remains of the domestic buildings were reused in field walls and village buildings, while the priory church was repaired to become the parish church of Abbey St Bathans and Strafuntin.

The church is a real treasure, full of wonderful light from the simple stained glass windows. At the east end the early history of the building is recalled by the alcove containing the recumbent effigy of one of the prioresses. (Source: LinkExternal link )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 22 February, 2009   (more nearby)
Sunday, 22 February, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 758 622 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.1757N 2:23.2294W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 758 622
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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