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Dryburgh Abbey

Dryburgh Abbey
©2019 Gazetteer for Scotland

Dryburgh Abbey

One of the four great abbeys of the Scottish Borders, Dryburgh Abbey lies on a loop of the River Tweed, 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Melrose and 4 miles (6.5 km) south of Earlston. Built in the 12th century by David I, it is now in a ruinous condition, though it is still fairly complete. Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832) and Field Marshal Earl Haig (1861 - 1928) are buried here. English author Charles Dickens (1812-70) visited in 1841. The abbey is now in the care of Historic Environment Scotland.

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