Date of the foundation of balmerino abbey balmerino abbey is among the best placed in terms of documents in revealing the somewhat protracted process of establishing and founding a monastery. Merevale abbey is situated in the heart of england and located just a few miles away from where the battle of bosworth field was fought on a hot summers day in august 1485. What was once an impressive cistercian monastery is now an atmospheric ruin, surrounded by tranquil grounds where visitors can spot interesting plants and wildlife, even a 400yearold spanish. This lady died in 1233, and is said to have been buried in the church of this abbey, before the high altar. Interesting history perhaps could do with a few more interpretative boards though. Balmerino abbey is located in balmerino, fife, scotland. It was established in 1229 as a royal foundation, according to the fourteenthcentury history of the abbey, and its melrose connection brought it into the family of cistercian abbeys descended from that great yorkshire monastery of rievaulx. Buy books online or at 1 york street history, science. Abbeys book hunter searches buy books online or at 1. New releases are updated around the first of each month. The book explicitly forms part of a more recent movement in scottish monastic studies spearheaded by one of the contributors, richard oram. Balmerino abbey 2020 all you need to know before you go. At the s end of the farm buildings were several walls of probable monastic origin. Balmerino remained a modest monastic house throughout the middle ages and scholarship on it remains slight.
Balmerino abbey is set back from the roadside behind a low wall in landscaped grounds overlooking the tay to the west. The site is in a ruined state although it is maintained by the national trust for scotland. Discover more details about balmerino abbey including opening times, photos and. Information about and images of balmerino abbey in fife on undiscovered. Reliable information about the coronavirus covid19 is available from the world health organization current situation, international travel. Publication date 1867 topics balmerino abbey balmerino, scotland, genealogy publisher edinburgh, w. Queen emergarde founded the abbey of balmerino in fifeshire, in 1229, for monks of the cistercian order. The following are a list of abbots and commendators. A spanish chestnut tree here is one of the oldest of its kind in the country. Balmerino and its abbey a parochial history paperback august 18, 2010 by james campbell author.
Balmerino abbey, or st edwards abbey, in balmerino, fife, scotland, was a cistercian monastic community which has been ruinous since the 16th century. The abbey was demolished by the rabble who followed the lords of the congregation on their. The two villages in the parish are kirkton and balmerino. In the 16th century, scotlands monasteries were attacked and often destroyed during the reformation. A cistercian monastery in fife by royal commission on the ancient and historical monuments of scotland isbn. Author of paris interzone, the ghost mountain boys, talking at the gates, the anglosaxon state, the picador book of blues and jazz, essays in anglosaxon history, bomber stream broken, a treatise of modern faulconry.
Abbeys bookshop at 1 york street is an aladdins cave for readers. Posts about balmerino abbey written by susan abernethy. Haunted balmerino abbey in pictures scottish paranormal. Alexander ii and his mother queen emergarde founded an abbey there in 1229 which was demolished in 1558.
It was a cistercian founded community abbey which dates back to approximately 1227. Glenluce abbey lead public body for scotlands historic. The cistercian abbey of balmerino was founded by alexander ii and his mother ermengarde c. Oclcs webjunction has pulled together information and resources to assist library staff as they consider how to handle. Balmerino abbey feature page on undiscovered scotland. It had approximately 20 monks at the beginning of the sixteenth century, but declined in that century. The ancient tree, estimated about 400 years old, is fascinating and amazing to ponder it has been there over such a long time. Balmerino abbey, or st edwards abbey, in balmerino, fife, scotland, was a cistercian monastic community founded in 1227 to. Balmerino, fife, scotland genealogy familysearch wiki. Balmerino abbey, situated in fife on the east coast, was founded in 1229 by queen ermengarde, mother of king alexander ii of scotland and widow of william the lion, king of scotland. Box 224 station a toronto, on, canada m5w 1b2 joined january 22, 2004.
Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. In 1887, john bartholomews gazetteer of the british isles described balmerino like this. Balmerino and its abbey a parochial history paperback august 18, 2010 by james campbell author see all 20 formats and editions hide other formats and editions. Get an insight into the history of glenluce abbey, home to cistercian monks for 400 years the last of whom lived out their days here after the reformation. Everything you ever wanted to know about libraries, culture and sport in dundee. Balmerino abbey balmerino, fife places of worship in. However, a list of cistercian foundations gives its date as 1227, and the abbot of st edwards. James campbell, published 1867 and enlarged 1899, contains a very full history of the parish and much genealogical information and. Possibly planted by mary queen of scots at balmerino abbey in 1565 this sweet or spanish chestnut is known to be around 450 years old. The name balmerino comes from balmerinach which basically means st. James campbell, published 1867 and enlarged 1899, contains a very full history of the parish and much genealogical information and is online at the internet archive.
Born in 1968, abbeys is one of sydneys gems for lovers of reading. Its said that theres a strong connection between the monks from melrose abbey, king alexander ii of scotland, and this stunning historical location. Life on the edge is a collection of essays that reexamines the surviving documentary and physical evidence for the cistercian abbey of balmerino and provides essential reading for all those interested in this small scottish house. A parochial history and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle. A very good description is to be found in the relevant chapter in history of the county of fife. It was recorded that henry tudor and part of his army encamped on the abbey grounds the night before the battle. Balmerino abbey syllabus of scottish cartularies, series two 7 notes on dating of the charters i. Dauvit broun and julian harrison scottish history society 2007. Balmerino abbeys ancient sweet chestnut tree youtube. If youve read her book september you might remember that the story. Arthur elphinstone, 6th lord balmerino and 5th lord cupar 1688 18 august 1746 was a scottish nobleman and jacobite, or supporter of the claim of the exiled house of stuart to the british throne as a military officer, he served in both the british and french armies, as well as taking part in jacobite rebellions in 1715 and 1745, and spent nearly 20 years in exile on the continent.
Home for over three hundred years to a devout order of cistercian monks, the abbey was ravaged by the reformation in the sixteenth century, converted to a barony and occupied by generations of the lords of balmerino, and then, in 1936, gifted to the national trust for scotland by the earl of dundee. Balmerino abbey, newportontay churches, cathedrals. Balmerino and its abbey a parish history with notices of the adjacent district 1899 147975258 the elphinstone family book of the lords elphinstone, balmerino and coupar. The ruins of balmerino abbey stand in a beautifully tranquil corner of northern fife close to the south bank of the river tay and some five miles south west of the tay road bridge. Pdf queen ermengarde and the abbey of st edward, balmerino. Arthur elphinstone, 6th lord balmerino and 5th lord cupar 1688 18 august 1746 was a scottish nobleman and jacobite, or supporter of the claim of the exiled house of stuart to the british throne as a military officer, he served in both the british and french armies, as well as taking part in jacobite rebellions in 1715 and 1745, and spent nearly 20 years in exile on the.
Numerous and frequentlyupdated resource results are available from this search. Handwritten notes inserted in the back of the book. Balmerino abbey history and whats on, walks and activities. Explore this cemetery for graves, information and tombstones for names in balmerino abbey ruins in balmerino, fife, a find a grave cemetery. Queen ermengarde, the widow of william the lion and mother of alexander ii, invited the cistercians at melrose abbey to set up a daughterhouse at balmerino. The hospital in berwick and the abbey of balmerino are the only known medieval dedications to the saint in. Balmerino abbey, a cistercian monastery situated on the south bank of the river tay in north fife was founded in 1229 by the widowed queen of william the lyon, then destroyed during the reformation. Balmerino abbey ruins in balmerino, fife find a grave. Balmerino abbey was founded in 1229 by queen ermengarde, widow of william the lion, mother of alexander ii. Balmerino abbey mary, queen of scots once visited balmerino abbey in the 16th century, and it was donated to the trust by the earl of dundee in 1936.437 768 223 1156 226 1326 999 901 11 39 1160 864 1510 1097 1322 977 1034 848 1108 1585 88 1021 1187 532 1427 504 1092 452 786 1519 1253 1422 489 952 1382 337 923 1027 489 114 526 1016 1142 1019 1064 80