Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath Abbey, in located in the town of Arbroath, and was founded in 1178 by King William the Lion for the Tironensian Benedictine monks from Kelso Abbey. It was said to be a dedication to the deceased Saint Thomas Becket, whom the king had met at the English court. King William was buried before the high altar of the church in 1214.

The last Abbot at Arbroath Abbey was the Cardinal David Beaton, who in 1522 succeeded his uncle James to become Archbishop of St Andrews. The Abbey is now under the national care of Historic Scotland!

The Abbey, which was the richest in Scotland, is most famous for its association with the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath, believed to have been drafted by Abbot Bernard, who was the Chancellor of Scotland under King Robert I.

The Declaration of Arbroath was a declaration of Scottish independence. It’s in the form of a letter submitted to Pope John XXII, dated 6 April 1320, intended to confirm Scotland’s status as an independent, sovereign state and defending Scotland’s right to use military action when unjustly attacked.

The letter is the sole survivor of three created at the time. The others were a letter from the King of Scots, Robert I, and a letter from four Scottish bishops which all presumably made similar points.


Whether it be the sound of religious chanting; or the ghostly apparitions which are said to be that of the monks, from times goes by – that walk the grounds and surrounding areas – we certainly have an absolutely stunning location which is steeped in history AND atmosphere.

Fragrant smells coming from one particular area within Arbroath Abbey, noises caught on tape in the Abbot House and the above mentioned monks, suggest, that this location is no stranger to activity.

“For, so long as a hundred remain alive, we will never in any degree be subject to the dominion of the English. Since not for glory, riches or honours do we fight, but for freedom alone, which no man loses but with his life.” Declaration of Arbroath

During this visit, we recorded continuous audio, paying particular attention to The Sacristy, Little Cloister, Abbots House & its Undercroft!

All audio is still under review and will be released at a later time, but rest assured the work is still ongoing. It’s felt that some interesting material has been gathered, so do look out for the updates.

My impressions of this location are that of a peaceful; tranquil historical monument but with added atmosphere. I certainly would not envision a threatening activity being present, but there is that subjective feeling that non-physical energies are very much here. This may be sentient or non-sentient, maybe the audio under review can shine some light on this!

Till then, please do enjoy the video and photographs and feel free to leave your feedback!

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“Arbroath Abbey, in the Scottish town of Arbroath, was founded in 1178 by King William the Lion for a group of Tironensian Benedictine monks from Kelso Abbey.”

From Arbroath Abbey, posted by Haunted Scotland on 9/28/2013 (58 items)

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Ryan O’Neill
Haunted Scotland
Paranormal Research & Consciousness Exploration
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