Monday, 17 December 2007

Pic: Snow-frosted Melrose Abbey

The cold weather has come, just in time for Christmas. Looks like it will stay for up to a week - perhaps longer?

Visited Melrose Abbey. This mellow 12thc sandstone ruin was destroyed by English armies in 1322 and 1385, partially rebuilt, and attacked again in 1544 by Henry VIII.

One of the most fascinating stories about Melrose Abbey is the excavation of 1996. It was known that Robert the Bruce's heart was buried at Melrose, but not where - and then, in 1996, an excavation dug up a lead cask. Robert the Bruce's heart was inside. It has since been reburied in the Abbey grounds, with a round stone covering.

Melrose Abbey yesterday:

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