Glenluce Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway.
Roland, Lord of Galloway, founded Glenluce Abbey around 1192. Monastic life lasted for 400 years, until the Protestant Reformation of 1560. But because no cartulary – or register – for the abbey survives, the history of the community is sketchy.
The white-clad Cistercian monks who settled in this secluded valley of the Water of Luce most likely came from Dundrennan Abbey. They brought with them the austere way of life for which the order was renowned and the sombre splendour of Cistercian architecture.
The 15 monks living here at the time of the Reformation embraced the reformed religion. In return, they were left to live out their days in the crumbling cloister. Abbot Thomas and five monks were still there in 1572, but centuries of prayer came to an end soon after.
Conservation and repair work began when Glenluce Abbey came into state care in 1933.
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