Melrose in Scottish Borders, Scotland, United Kingdom
David was instrumental in inviting the pious Cistercians to Melrose. The abbey's location on the border with England sent a strong message about the wealth, power and worldliness of the Scottish king.
(Caption:) Above: David was a great patron of the monastic orders. He founded more than a dozen monasteries between 1124 and 1153.
During the Wars of Independence, Melrose's location near the border put it at risk from the fighting. After the church was damaged in 1322, Robert the Bruce helped pay for it to be rebuilt. Before his death Robert instructed that his heart be buried here.
(Caption:)Right: While the body of Robert the Bruce was interred at Dunfermline Abbey, Robert's heart was buried in Melrose.
In 1294 Alexander broke the tradition of royal burials at Iona and Dunfermline Abbeys, by asking to be buried at Melrose. After he died whilst campaigning against the Norse, his body was brought here from Argyll. Burial at Melrose never caught on with later monarchs.
Richard II of England
Melrose was again at the center of conflict with England in 1385, when the English monarch laid to waste Scotland's border region. Although Melrose was 'burnt down with fiery flames', rebuilding began almost immediately. Funding was provided by Richard II himself, perhaps because he now viewed Southern Scotland as conquered or perhaps to salve his conscience.
Location. 55° 35.961′ N, 2° 43.067′ W. Marker is in Melrose, Scotland, in Scottish Borders. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Abbey Road and Cloisters Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Melrose, Scotland TD6 9LG, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Scott's View (approx. 4.5 kilometers away); An Eccentric Vision (approx. 4.5 kilometers away); The Fletcher Monument (approx. 9.4 kilometers away).
Also see . . .
1. Melrose Abbey and the mystery of Robert the Bruce's heart. (Submitted on July 24, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.)
2. Historic Scotland- Melrose Abbey. Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale, with lavishly decorated masonry.... It was founded by King David I in 1136, as the first Cistercian monastery in Scotland. (Submitted on July 24, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.)
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