Kelso Abbey 8
Photographer: Wilson, George Washington
Medium: Photographic print
"This Abbey was another of the religious foundations of the pious David I., which he built, on his accession to the throne, within view of the royal castle of Roxburgh. Like all the southern religious buildings, the Abbey of Kelso bore its share in all the adversities of its time. It was twice burnt during the contest of Baliol and Bruce for the Scottish crown. In 1523 it was pillaged by the English under the Earl of Surrey; and in 1545, Kelso, having made some trifling resistance, the Earl of Hertford poured upon it all the fury of his indignation, by which the east and north sides were thrown down, and the choir reduced to its present state. Kelso Abbey is in all its parts of that plain and undercoated style called Saxon."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson