Melrose Abbey; from South West
Photographer: Wilson, George Washington (1823-1893)
Medium: Photographic print
“The foundation of Melrose Abbey generally dates from 1136, when David I. of Scotland, amongst his many similar erections, built a church here. But Melrose, as a seat of religion, boasts a much earlier origin. It was one of those churches, or more properly missionary stations, which the fathers of Ireland and of Iona spread over Britain and the continent: one of those simple nuclei of the Christian faith, which were in the eleventh and twelfth centuries so industriously trodden under foot or rooted out by the domineering ambition of Rome. It was in fact a portion of that pure and beautiful British church which existed prior to the Roman hierarchy in these islands, and of which the professors presented in their primitive habits and primitive doctrines so apostolic a character.”
Excerpt from “Melrose Abbey”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain’ by William and Mary Howitt.