Extracts from The Monasticon, Rev J S F Gordon (1868)
Following the destruction of the Monasteries under Henry VIII and the ransacking of establishments by the people in the Scottish Reformation, there remains only the skeletons of what must have been marvellous buildings in their own right. In Scotland we have but the shells of places such as New Abbey (Sweetheart Abbey), Lincluden, Jedburgh ,Melrose and Iona that stand in mute testimony to better times. Many smaller establishments simply disappeared as a result of the stones being reused for other buildings.
Sweetheart Lincluden Jedburgh Melrose Iona
The structures and functions that made up a monastery are described in detail in The Monasticon –
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