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!

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