Royal Connections

Royal Connections (HM1NSH)

Location: Melrose Scottish Borders
Country: United Kingdom
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N 55° 35.961', W 2° 43.067'

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Melrose Abbey

For centuries, Melrose Abbey was connected to the Scottish Crown. While it never gained the regal position of Iona or Dunfermline, its location close to England and association with kings has given it a special place in Scottish history.
David I
David was instrumental in inviting the pious Cistercians to Melrose. The abbey's location on the border with England sent a strong message about the wealth, power and worldliness of the Scottish king.
(Caption:) Above: David was a great patron of the monastic orders. He founded more than a dozen monasteries between 1124 and 1153.
Alexander II
In 1294 Alexander broke the tradition of royal burials at Iona and Dunfermline Abbeys, by asking to be buried at Melrose. After he died whilst campaigning against the Norse, his body was brought here from Argyll. Burial at Melrose never caught on with later monarchs.
(Caption:) The Royal Seal of Alexander II - Alexander was an active king, campaigning in Argyll, Galloway and Moray.

Richard II of England
Melrose was again at the center of conflict with England in 1385, when the English monarch laid to waste Scotland's border region. Although Melrose was 'burnt down with fiery flames', rebuilding began almost immediately. Funding was provided by Richard II himself, perhaps because he now viewed Southern Scotland as conquered or perhaps to salve his conscience.
(Caption:)While the body of Robert the Bruce was interred at Dunfermline Abbey, Robert's heart was buried in Melrose.
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Date Added Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 at 9:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 517782 N 6161525
Decimal Degrees55.59935000, -2.71778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 55° 35.961', W 2° 43.067'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds55° 35' 57.66" N, 2° 43' 4.02" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near Cloisters Rd, Melrose , GB
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