Jedburgh Abbey; South Porch
Photographer: Thompson, Stephen
Medium: Photographic print
“The abbey of Jedburgh was raised by David I. of Scotland, that founder of so many religious houses, in a very pleasant and picturesque, but very dangerous neighbourhood. It was always exposed to the inroads of the hostile English, and suffered, as it was sure to do, frequently and grievously at their hands. It stood on the river Jed, near the junction of the Teviot with that river...The ruins of the abbey are still very fine, and show what the building must have been before it was so frequently battered and burned by the English invaders. Besides the attacks of Edward I. and Edward III., the Earl of Surrey, in 1523, stormed and burned Jedburgh, and along with it the abbey…afterwards the Earl of Hertford committed as great ravages there; and so completely was the place spoiled, that the abbey, in common with the other monasteries in Teviotdale, had ceased to be inhabited at the dissolution.”
Excerpt from “Jedburgh Abbey”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain and Ireland’ by William Howitt.