Sunrise – Sweetheart Abbey – Dumfries, Scotland

It’s called “Sweetheart Abbey” in honor of its foundress, the Lady Dervorilla Balliol, the wife of Robert Balliol, who figured in the Wars of Independence with Robert the Bruce etal. After Robert died in the Battle of Banockburn (the one that Robert the Bruce won in 1314, winning Scotland’s independence from England – for a while, anyway), Lady Balliol had her husband’s heart embalmed and carried it with her in a small casket for the rest of her life. When she finally died, the monks at the Abbey she’d founded buried her with the embalmed heart, and then renamed their monastery in her honor.

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Sunrise over the village of New Abbey, Clouds over Criffel

I have returned to the UK in search of more “Portals of Stone” – Send destination suggestions to driver49@icloud.com .

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