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Melrose Abbey, The East Window

Melrose Abbey, The East Window

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868


Item number: 3

Length: 10.5

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The east window claims special attention from the visitor because of its historical associations. It is said that under a large marble slab beneath this window Alexander II. lies entombed; also here was deposited the heart of King Robert Bruce, after Douglas had unsuccessfully attempted to carry it to the Holy Land. But the east window is not less noted for its skilful construction, being divided by four upright mullions, and composed of traceries of various figures, which support a cross that forms the centre. Says Sir Walter Scott regarding this part -

'The moon on the east oriel shone

Through slender shafts of shapely stone;

By foliage tracery combined;

Thou wouldst have thought some fairy hand,

'Twixt poplars straight, the osier wand

In many a freakish knot had twined;

Then framed a spell when the work was done,

And changed the willow wreaths to stone.'"

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson

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