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The Borders and the Southwest Sights

Kelso Abbey

  • Bridge St. Map It
  • Kelso
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 10/08/2013

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The least intact ruin of the four great abbeys, Kelso Abbey is just a bleak fragment of what was once the largest of the group. It was here in 1460 that the nine-year-old James III was crowned king of Scotland. On a main invasion route, the abbey was burned three times in the 1540s alone, on the last occasion by the English Earl of Hertford's forces in 1545, when the 100 men and 12 monks of the garrison were butchered and the structure all but destroyed.

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Bridge St., Kelso, The Scottish Borders, TD5 7JX, Scotland

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  • Free
  • Apr.–Dec., daily 24 hrs

Updated 10/08/2013


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