Dryburgh Abbey, St Mary's Aisle
Photographer: Wilson, George Washington
Medium: Photographic print
"This is by far the most beautiful part of the ruins of Dryburgh. Its arched roof spring from a variety of clustered columns of excellent workmanship. The area of this aisle is occupied as the burial-place of three different families - Halyburton, Erskine, and Haig. From the former of these was descended Sir Walter Scott, who was buried here on the 26th September, 1832; Lady Scott in 1826; their son, Colonel Sir Walter Scott, in 1847; and subsequently their son-in-law, Mr Lockhart, at their feet. The ruins of the Abbey are nearly covered with foliage, climbing plants spreading over them in every direction, and numbers of fine trees springing up around them. Its situation is exceedingly beautiful, as it stands upon a richly-wooded peninsula, around which the Tweed makes a fine circuitous sweep."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson